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March Madness 2024: Ranking the 8 Sweet 16 matchups in terms of intrigue/storylines

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2. Creighton vs Tennessee

This matchup may have more stakes than any Sweet 16 matchup when looking at what both sides have to gain. Neither program has ever made the Final Four and this could be the best opportunity for both of them. Tennessee has All-American guard Dalton Knecht, while Creighton has a trio of 17 ppg veterans, including Trey Alexander and Ryan Kalkbrenner.

The coaches (Rick Barnes and Greg McDermott) have dealt with criticism of the lack of success in March Madness and they have the rosters to make a deep run, with another coach (Matt Painter) potentially in their way of the Final Four. The loser of this game is going to be in a tough spot, likely having to rebuild a bit to get back into contention this offseason. 

1. Duke vs Houston

Even with the ups and downs at times, Duke has shown the potential to be national title contenders. They have a star in Kyle Filipowski, an emerging star in freshman Jared McCain, along with a quality supporting cast. If any team is good enough to knock off a 1 seed, it’s the Blue Devils.

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But the Houston Cougars, despite blowing a double-digit lead to Texas A&M last game, has looked like a title contender all season. Big 12 Player of the Year Jamal Shead has been one of the top guards, with the backcourt overall able to match up with Duke. It should be not only a highly entertaining game but also one that should dominate the TV ratings.