Elite 8 NCAA Tournament March Madness Betting Preview

After one of the most memorable starts to the NCAA Tournament, we have made it to the Elite 8. Among those final eight are one remaining No. 1 seed and the first No. 15 seed to reach this point. Let’s take a quick look at the four game this weekend to determine who will head to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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No. 8 North Carolina vs No. 1 Kansas

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West Regional Final

No. 4 Arkansas vs No. 2 Duke

Coach K’s run continues for at least one more game. The legendary coach won his 100th NCAA Tournament game after a hard-fought, 78-73 victory over No. 3 Texas Tech in the Sweet 16. Mike Krzyzewski can set a record with his 13th trip to the Final Four. To get there, he’ll have to defeat the fired-up Razorbacks, who knocked out the overall No. 1 seed Gonzaga, 74-68, to reach their second-straight Elite 8. Arkansas is looking for their first Final Four appearance since 1995. Duke and Arkansas last met in the 1994 National Championship Game, won by the Razorbacks, 76-72.

South Regional Final

Villanova

No. 5 Houston vs No. 2 Villanova

Shortly after Arkansas knocked out Gonzaga, another No. 1 seed fell, as Arizona succumbed to the hot streak of Houston, 72-60, as the Cougars are now one win away from their second straight Final Four. Coach Kelvin Sampson has done an absolutely incredible job with turning around the Cougars and repairing his own image.

Up next for the Cougars are the Wildcats of Villanova. This is Villanova’s first Elite 8 appearance since winning the National Championship in 2018, their second in three seasons. No. 11 Michigan gave a valiant effort, but Villanova shut the door late. These two schools met in the 1983 Elite 8 during the Phi Slama Jama days for the Cougars, en route to their appearance in the final before being upset by North Carolina State.

East Regional Final

No. 15 Saint Peter’s vs No. 8 North Carolina

The little school from Jersey City, NJ is still strutting their stuff. On National Peacock Day (yes, really, look it up), the Peacocks stunned No. 3 Purdue, 67-63, to become the first No. 15 seed ever to reach the Elite 8. The previous lowest seed to get this far was a No. 12, which has happened twice (Missouri in 2002, Oregon State in 2021). This is the ultimate Cinderella run and now Saint Peter’s is one win away from going to the Final Four.

The Peacocks will have to take down another blue blood of college basketball to get there. North Carolina stands in their way after Caleb Love led the Heels to a 73-66 win over No. 4 UCLA. Hubert Davis became the first Division I coach in the last 20 years to make the Elite 8 in his first year as head coach. The Heels last made the Final Four in 2017 when they won it all.

Midwest Regional Final

No. 10 Miami (FL) vs No. 1 Kansas

Friday was a special night for the Kansas basketball program. They became the winningest program in NCAA history after their 66-61 win over No. 4 Providence. They’ll enter the Elite 8 as the last remaining No. 1 seed with Gonzaga, Arizona and Baylor all gone.

On the other side is an ACC school that has never reached this stage before this year. For the first time in school history, the Miami Hurricanes have advanced to the Elite 8 after taking care of No. 11 Iowa State. 70-56. Of course, this is not new territory for head coach Jim Larranaga, who took No. 11 George Mason to the Final Four in 2006. That team beat No. 1 Connecticut in the Elite 8. Can Larranaga knock off Kansas to reach his second Final Four?