Rashad Phillips' March Madness Elite Eight Picks and Predictions: Houston primed to hit the high time

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NCAA/NBA prospect specialist. Basketball evangelist. The voice of the Unheard.

And then there were eight. Just seven games to go in March Madness before we find out who is the NCAA Tournament champion. We’ve seen some incredible matchups so far and with some of the best teams now set to go head-to-head, I’m confident we’ll be seeing plenty more great games.

Below you can find my lock of the day and best pick for Monday’s two games, with both entered as part of the Pickswise $10,000 Capper Contest, where I’m going up against some other top college basketball experts.

Make sure you also read the Pickswise team’s thoughts on the side and total for the Elite Eight matchups.

Oregon State Beavers vs. Houston Cougars

I’m such a huge supporter of Houston’s DeJon Jarreau and his intangibles. Quintin Grimes has shutdown his critics by hitting big shots and playing at a high level. Oregon State has become the bully in this tournament, beating down every opponent. I think the bully will finally meet his match. Houston rolls into the Final Four.

LOCK: Houston -8

Be sure to check out the full game preview for Oregon State Beavers vs. Houston Cougars.

CBS analyst and college basketball expert Jon Rothstein is giving his picks and predictions for every March Madness matchup! Read his best bets for Monday’s Elite Eight games here.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Baylor Bears

I’ve picked Baylor from day one and I believe their backcourt of Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell is reminiscent of Michigan’s 2013 backcourt of Trey Burke and Tome Hardaway Jr. Here’s my theory: great backcourts go far in March. Baylor will punch their ticket to the Final Four.

PICK: Baylor -7

Be sure to check out the full game preview for Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Baylor Bears.

Our college basketball expert, BetsByBob, has been on a serious roll with his picks lately. Find out his best Elite Eight bets here.

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