1-seeds Kansas, Gonzaga top Thursday's NCAA Sweet 16 slate

Sweet 16 Picks Against the Spread

Kansas Jayhawks guard Frank Mason III (0) and forward Dwight Coleby (22) react during the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers in the semifinals of the midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center.

The next game is the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. the No. 4 West Virginia Mountaineers. Xavier chipped away at Arizona's biggest lead of the game (10) and tied it up with just under 2 minutes to play. Arizona defeated the No. 15 North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the No. 7 St. Mary's Gaels in the first two rounds.

Gonzaga tops the West bracket and faces No. 4 seed West Virginia in games set for San Jose, California.

No. 11 Xavier capped the night off with a surprising, 73-71, victory over No. 2 Arizona.

March Madness is back in VR, but it will cost you
Once inside, you'll need to buy a "premium ticket" to watch the immersive action on the hardwood for $2 or $3 per game. Intel noted that Intel Tru VR is the new brand to emerge from the Voke acquisition.

Moving on to the Midwest region, No.1 Kansas Jayhawks have taken care of business as expected. No. 1 overall seed Villanova fell to No. 8 seed Wisconsin, No. 2 seed Duke lost in a close one to SC, and No. 2 seed Louisville was knocked off by a MI team that is surging into the Sweet 16.

For Thursday's Sweet 16 openers, the Michigan Wolverines are 1.5-point favorites against the Oregon Ducks with a 146.5-point total. Three of the four match-ups were decided by three points or less. The Jayhawks have made at least eight three-pointers while shooting 40 percent or better from behind the arc in each tournament game.

Speculation has followed these comments as to whether or not these claims could be the downfall of Ball's play entering the tournament. But the overall poor showing by the ACC seems to have created doubt about the strength of the Tar Heels, plus their South Region is stacked with the Lonzo Ball-led UCLA Bruins, as well as fellow frosh prince Malik Monk and the Kentucky Wildcats (+1000). Can the Butler Bulldogs put the brakes on the North Carolina Tar Heels? MI continues to have a wild month of March, which began with a team plane crash while departing for the Big Ten tournament (no one was seriously injured), and most recently included knocking off the No. 2 Louisville Cardinals. This is only the fourth time a 7-seed has been favored against a 3-seed. Sixteen teams remain as they all will compete for the chance to make it to Phoenix, the site of this year's tournament's final four.

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