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Our 2022 Elite Eight Picks

What an amazing field this is

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament West Regional-Texas Tech vs Duke
Mar 24, 2022; San Francisco, CA, USA; Duke Blue Devils center Mark Williams (15) reacts after a play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the second half in the semifinals of the West regional of the men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at Chase Center. The Duke Blue Devils won 78-73. 
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Well we’re on to the Elite Eight now and what an eight it is.

West

#2 Duke vs. #4 Arkansas

South

#5 Houston vs. #2 Villanova

Midwest

#1 Kansas vs. #10 Miami

East

#15 Saint Peter’s vs. #8 UNC

The Last Ride for Mike Krzyzewski has dominated media coverage but the Saint Peter’s story may have caught and surpassed it. The tiny school from Jersey City has bulled its way into the Elite Eight after knocking off #2 Kentucky, #7 Murray State and #3 Purdue. We heard earlier that that’s better than Gonzaga has done with high seeds in the last 20 years.

Who would have ever dreamed that this could happen? And can it continue?

Well, yes. Based on what we’ve seen so far it can. We thought that Purdue’s front line would kill Saint Pete’s. Didn't happen. Somehow 7-4 Zach Edey got just two rebounds. He and star Jaden Ivey combined for 11 turnovers and Ivey shot just 4-12.

Saint Peter’s has a few things that are hard to beat: great guard play, great defense and a group that is totally relaxed and together. That’s a tough thing to stop. We’ll go with the Peacocks again.

Miami isn’t all that far off of that recipe. That team has developed a real swagger and after a close opener with USC has just rolled, killing #2 Auburn 79-61 and #11 Iowa State 70-56. We’ll take them.

We also like Villanova. Houston is amazingly tough but we just like ‘Nova’s DNA.

Obviously we’re taking Duke. We don’t bet against Duke.

And if Duke does win, that Final Four game is going to huge because either Duke will face UNC for the first time in the NCAA Tournament or Saint Peter’s. And the media frenzy is going to be completely insane either way.

Small factor to consider: Saint Peter’s now has to deal with a level of distraction it’s never come close to. We hope they can maintain everything that has gotten them to this point.