Commentary

Top seeds in trouble in Elite 8

Updated: March 24, 2012, 11:28 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE OVER FLORIDA
Rick Pitino has a great record against Florida (19-2 lifetime, though many of those came while at Kentucky). The Cardinals have been playing great defense, holding their last five opponents to around 51 points per game. They must slow down diaper dandy Brad Beal, who is averaging 17 points while shooting 54 percent this postseason.

[+] EnlargeJared Sullinger
Richard Mackson/US PresswireJared Sullinger could give the Fab Melo-less Orange trouble in the post.

OHIO STATE OVER SYRACUSE
This is where the absence of Fab Melo comes into play/ Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas will give the Orange trouble. Dion Waiters provides a spark off the bench for Syracuse and he has to come up big here.

KENTUCKY OVER BAYLOR
Scott Drew's team has the athletes to give Kentucky a battle, but one key could be Darius Miller off the bench. Look for big things from Doron Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who starred against Indiana.

KANSAS OVER NORTH CAROLINA
Roy Williams faces his former team, and the Tar Heels are not the same if Kendall Marshall isn't in the lineup. Tyler Zeller had a 20-20 game vs. Ohio but it will be a lot tougher against Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.