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2011 NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight Predicitions

It's time to suss out the Final Four, and we here at SBNation Pittsburgh are willing to take a stab at it.  I wouldn't take this as the gospel since it is written by a guy who went 2-6 in the Sweet Sixteen.  Oh well, it's fun for me, and if it's fun for you, read on.

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 8 Butler, March 26 at 4:30 PM - The weekend's opening game pits the two hottest teams in the tournament.  It's hard to go against the Bulldogs though.  No team has been better winning games in the tournament in the last couple seasons and I think Matt Howard's presence on the boards will be the deciding factor.  Butler: 73, Florida: 68

No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 5 Arizona, March 26 at 7:30 PM - Kemba Walker may be the most exciting player left in the tournament, but Derrick Williams has been the most impressive.  The Huskies lack a dominant inside presence, and I expect Williams to do some serious work.  Sean Miller will have the Wildcats in the final four in only his second season.  Arizona: 68, Connecticut: 56

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 11 VCU, March 27 at 2:20 PM - The Jayhawks are the team to beat, and the National Title is theirs to lose.  VCU has had a memorably epic season, but they'll find out what Richmond found out Friday: The Morris twins are hard to contend with.  Kansas: 85 , VCU: 60

No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Kentucky, March 27 at 5:05 PM - The Tar Heels were left for dead in mid-December, but Roy Williams has done a masterful job riding out a rocky winter for a springtime rebirth.  The relentless defensive pressure and up and down transition game will be no match for the Wildcats' freshman stars.  Their turnovers will turn this one into a track meet.  The Tar Heels will cross the finish line and advance to yet another Final Four.  North Carolina: 90, Kentucky: 79

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.