Its Christmas season for those who love college basketball. March Madness is finally upon us and not a moment to soon. For the next month every basketball ball fan will be glued to their phones and TV’s watching every game hoping they win the pool they have joined. For the next month we can expect a handful of games that will have us on the edge of our seats.
Kentucky received the number one overall seed after finishing the regular season 31-0 and winning the SEC tournament making their record 34-0. Rounding out the one seeds are Duke, Villanova, and Wisconsin.
Unlike tournaments in the past the majority of people are picking one team to win the tournament with that team picking Kentucky. I am going to take the other road here and say that Kentucky will not win the NCAA tournament.
Kentucky played five top 25 teams all year: Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisville, and Texas. Texas is no longer ranked in the top 25, Arkansas is a conference opponent who plays the same teams as Kentucky and is at the bottom of the Top 25 and the SEC is not a basketball conference. Louisville was able to slow Kentucky down offensively and could have won if they didn’t shoot 26% for the game.
North Carolina is too inconsistent and played a poor 1st half against them.They almost lost to un-ranked LSU on the road and struggled early in games against many other teams over the course of the season.
I think if Kentucky runs into a team that can match their depth and has the offensive firepower to not let Kentucky make runs with its defense, they will have a shot at being beaten. While their are few teams that come to mind their are a few. Duke and North Carolina are teams that come to mind. They can match the size and depth of Kentucky. I like Louisville also as a team to beat them. They would have won that game had it not been for their poor shooting.
As far as my Final Four goes, I’m going to pick Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia. In the championship I have North Carolina beating Virginia.
While many people are going to say I’m crazy I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility. They are 2nd in the nation in both rebounds and assists per game. They also rank in the top 30 for points per game and field goal percentage. Defensively they are solid but not great. If they can figure out a way to to play their best basketball and be consistent like the did against Louisville and Virginia in the ACC tournament they are a very dangerous team and as good as any team in the field.
Regardless of who wins, we should all be excited that March Madness is back.
Feel free to check out my bracket here and post yours in the comments.