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But now that they're here … this is a team that can score and is arguably more athletic than the Shockers. When the Hoosiers are able to hit threes, they're legitimately scary. That team probably won't show up, making this prediction look silly, but if they do show up … at the very least, it'll be entertaining.
Valparaiso will always have tournament name recognition thanks to this , but this team should be no match for Maryland. Perhaps the most enticing potential second-round game of the whole tournament. Kansas famously won't play their neighbor during the regular season, but having them face off for a berth in the Sweet 16 could more than make up for that. He's the MAC Player of the Year who nearly averaged a double-double, but you'll want to cheer for him because he was diagnosed with serious heart ailment before his freshman year and, after transferring from Toledo to Buffalo, has become a potential NBA draftee.
The one thing you could guarantee before the brackets were released: If Duke ended up with a No. It's one of college basketball's great conspiracy theories. The funny thing is: They probably do have the easiest route. The most baffling aspect of this whole tournament is that UCLA is in it. So watch them go make the Sweet 16 now. After Arizona, the most talented team in the Pac, overlooked as always because they're Utah.
I like them in the Sweet These are two fun offensive teams who will probably come as close as any first-round game to reaching points. Unless Kentucky beats their first round opponent The Lumberjacks were the trendy first-round upset pick last year, and they pulled it off against VCU. Because Utah might be the least-watched team in the Power Five outside of its own fan base, people are hopping on board again this year.
The two most fun mid-majors of the last decade, facing off with the Sweet 16 on the line? Dallas Moore, North Florida. The leading scorer for the Ospreys, playing in their first-ever tournament, lost his uncle to kidney failure right before the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals.
His family didn't tell him until after the game. He went on to play two of the best games of his career. This is a team to cheer to get out of the First Four. Also, Tyler Harvey of Eastern Washington is the leading scorer on a team that basically shoots nothing but 3-pointers; it worked when they beat Indiana earlier this year. John's, Utah over Stephen F.
As you can tell, we like Kentucky a lot … but it is worth noting that this was the second best team in the SEC, and they really weren't all that great. Their game against Wichita in the semifinals was one of the best of the college season, and their battle against Cincinnati in the final was almost entirely about which could survive the attrition. But remember, that XU team had lost its point guard late in the season and concocted a miraculous run just to get that far. And the Musketeers did hang for a while.
Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State vs. So it seems likely that if the bracket gives us either OSU vs. Xavier or Gonzaga vs. Xavier, we all shall be entertained.
These two were the next in line for the SN All-America first team behind the five guys chosen. Contenders to cut down the nets: North Carolina and Michigan both loom as major contenders on the bottom half of the regional bracket. Sixth seed Houston is a very good team and has had a great season, but got a tough draw with No.
South Dakota State, the No. UNC-Greensboro has had an excellent year, winning both the Southern Conference regular-season and conference titles, and will make No. Even with a No. If you look at the team the Tigers will put on the floor Friday against Florida State, it will be lacking No.
That leaves nine able-bodied players, including walk-on guard Brett Rau seven points scored all season and a guy named Michael Porter Jr. Chances of a upset: Xavier draws the winner of the play-in game between North Carolina Central and Texas Southern, as the selection committee deftly limits the number of HBCU teams in the main bracket to one. Texas Southern is after an start in which all 13 games were played on the road, and the coach of the Tigers Mike Davis has been to one more Final Four than Chris Mack.
Best potential round-of game: Sign me up for Houston-Michigan. The committee moved the Wolverines out of their hoped-for Detroit comfort zone, shipping them to Wichita to face a dangerous No.
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