2024 NCAA Tournament expert picks: Predictions for Thursday’s Sweet 16 games

The sweet become elite on Thursday and Friday.

March Madness is full-steam ahead towards the Final Four, but first, there are a couple more stops to make before teams meet in State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Entering the Sweet 16, there’s been a fair amount of chalk throughout the tournament. All four No. 1 seeds are still in the dance, while 11-seed NC State looks to continue to bust brackets . The Wolfpack has a date with No. 2 seed Marquette on Friday night, where they hope to continue making their run all the way to the Elite Eight.

Before the calendar turns to March 29, here’s how USA TODAY Sports experts feel the four games on Thursday, March 28 will shake out:

March Madness expert predictions: Sweet 16
Arizona and UConn may be making their way to the Elite Eight, while our experts are split on how the remaining games will play out.

Here’s how Thursday’s games will go, according to USA TODAY Sports’ experts:

(2) Arizona vs. (6) Clemson
Dan Wolken: Arizona

Paul Myerberg: Arizona

Jordan Mendoza: Arizona

(1) UConn vs. (5) San Diego State
Dan Wolken: UConn

Paul Myerberg: UConn

Jordan Mendoza: UConn

(1) North Carolina vs. (4) Alabama
Dan Wolken: North Carolina

Paul Myerberg: North Carolina

Jordan Mendoza: Alabama

(2) Iowa State vs. (3) Illinois
Dan Wolken: Illinois

Paul Myerberg: Iowa State

Jordan Mendoza: Iowa State

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