NCAA Men’s Tournament- Who’s Out and Who’s Hot
NCAA Men’s Tournament- What Now?
Oh the March Madness!
With early-round upsets, top seeds losing early, and unexpected heroics, the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been nothing short of compelling. Vegas favorite Duke only managed one win in the tournament, before being sent home by a scrappy South Carolina team. Duke was a number two seed in the tournament and the number one seed in their region. Villanova was also defeated in the second round.
Who’s Really Still in it?
This leaves a vacuum in many brackets as Villanova was the defending champs, and Duke was the Vegas favorite. Looking to fill the void are Wisconsin vs Florida, and S. Carolina vs Baylor. The winners of those games meet for the chance to play in the final four. Florida is the best team of this group, but none of these look strong enough to take the title home.
Gonzaga will face off against a tough West Virginia team known for its defense. It’ll be the first really strong defense the Zags have faced, and it could be the end of the road for them. The other game in the region has Arizona against Xavier. Arizona has played really well lately, and is likely the survivor from this group when the dust settles.
A New Darling
The Michigan Wolverines have become the darlings of the tournament after they had a truly harrowing experience. They were forced to disembark their plane on the runway, delaying their arrival at the Big 10 tournament. Playing in practice jerseys, they went on to win the Big 10 title and have ridden that momentum to a sweet 16 appearance. They will play Oregon, with the winner facing the winner of Purdue vs Kansas. Bill Self has Kansas looking like the best team in the country, and they’re in the drivers seat heading into the weekend.
And Then There was One
North Carolina is the only ACC team left in the sweet 16. Many experts said the ACC was the toughest conference this year, but the SEC and BIG 10 both have 3 teams left, despite having been accused of having “down years”. The Tarheels will face off against Butler, while the winner of Kentucky and UCLA will certainly be a formidable opponent for the victor. This was the toughest region, and any of these four could beat the other four.
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