The Big Lead

1. Louisville vs. Kentucky. Tremendous rivalry, the two tend to always play close games (last four games determined by a total of 25 points), and the court is loaded with future pros. Calipari and Pitino hate each other. Pitino is 5-0 in the Sweet 16 with Louisville; 11-0 in his career. Wildcats are coming off their most complete game of the season. Kentucky beat Louisville at home during the regular season and has won five of the last six in this rivalry. Louisville is a 5-point favorite.

2. Virginia vs. Michigan State. Fascinating matchup of two formidable defensive teams, a legendary coach (Izzo) vs a rising coaching star (Bennett). The Spartans have two first round picks on the roster; the Cavaliers may have one player who could get drafted late in the 2nd round (Joe Harris). All the ESPN pundits picked Michigan State at the start of…

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