March Madness Countdown: Game By Game: Elite 8

Mark Blaudschun

So here we go. The Final elimination to the Final Four. We have an SEC challenge in the Midwest, we have Big Ten vs ACC challenges in the South and East and we have a champion in waiting? in the West.

Here are the games.

EAST REGIONAL

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State--How much luck has Duke used up in last second decisions vs. UCF and Virginia Tech, while Michigan State keeps getting better and better. Still, the Z factor (Zion Williamson) is in place.

Duke 77, Michigan State 73

WEST REGIONAL

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 3 Texas Tech--The Zags are playing like the No. 1 team in the country, but Texas Tech, which dismantled Michigan on Thursday, is downright scary and hungry to reach the Final Four for the first time.

Gonzaga 68, Texas Tech 61

SOUTH REGIONAL

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 3 Purdue--Virginia is not flashy, but the most fundamentally sound team in the country, Purdue will have crowd edge in Louisville, but not much more.

Virginia 65, Purdue 59

MIDWEST REGIONAL

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 5 Auburn--SEC battle in Kansas City. Auburn will be without Chumo Okeke (ACL tear), while Kentucky gets back PJ Washington. Edge Wildcats

Kentucky 83, Auburn 70

Record Last Week: 5-3

Record to Date:43-17

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