The first weekend of the NCAA tournament is officially over. 48 teams have been knocked out in a matter of four days, leaving the final sixteen. The tournament has been mostly predictable so far, although there are still so many questions yet to be answered. Let’s take a look at some of ours:
Who will be representing the dismantled East Region in Phoenix?
Favorites Duke and Villanova have been knocked out, so what’s to come next? If you read my article on why Wisconsin was going to beat Villanova, you nave not have this dilemma. But let’s take a look anyways.
I personally picked Wisconsin to win this region from the start, due to their incredible talent. The Badgers have shooters, post players, slashers, and experience: everything you need in a well-rounded team. Just make sure that Koenig and Happ stay out of foul trouble…
Therefore I will stick with my pick and take Wisconsin. Baylor and South Carolina can really struggle on offense, and Florida is unpredictable.
Will Gonzaga meet Arizona in an elite 8 rematch?
This one’s really close. It really depends on how West Virginia shoots against Gonzaga. If the Mountaineers shoot over 50% from 3 like they did against Notre Dame, I am confident that West Virginia wins. But who really knows how they’ll show up.
Arizona has a sneaky tough matchup against Xavier, and it will come down to star player performance. If Arizona guard Alonzo Trier can outperform Xavier guard Trevon Blueitt, I would definitely give the advantage to the Wildcats.
How far can Michigan really go?
The Wolverines won the Big 10 championship, and now find themselves in the third round of the tourney. Every one of them can shoot and score, so it will come down to how well they hold up defensively.
I truly believe they have the potential to win the whole tournament. Michigan reminds me a lot of Kemba Walker’s 2011 UConn Huskies, who also won their conference tournament as well as the NCAA tournament.
Now do I think this will happen? Not quite. I don’t see them getting past Kansas, whom I picked to win it all. But hey, it’s march, so anything can happen.
Pick one: UNC, Kentucky, or UCLA?
North Carolina and Kentucky both survived scares in the second round, while UCLA cruised past Cincinnati.
I am comfortable picking UNC over Butler and UCLA over Kentucky because of the post play, so it comes down to UNC vs UCLA in the elite eight. This should be a hell of a game, but I’m just more comfortable picking the team with the better offense, which is UCLA.
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