Utah State University is a small school in Logan, Utah that never gets enough recognition as (I think) it deserves. People often think about USU as the youngest brother of The University of Utah and Brigham Young University, the other state universities. However, this “little brother” did quite well this year in athletics.
“You are watching the changing of the guard.”
On January, earlier this year, John McEnroe believed that when Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas stood out mightily to deny 2018 champion Roger Federer of recording a back-to-back title at the Australian Open after grabbing a 6-7(11), 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-6(5) victory at Rod Laver Arena—and, boy, oh boy, just a couple of months later, it can be fully claimed that the guards are almost changed.
- At Least One 14 Seed Will Topple a 3
While Yale over LSU has been the trendy upset pick, the other 3/14 matchups have been widely overlooked. Texas Tech should take care of business vs Northern Kentucky, but due to the Red Raiders’ heavy reliance on Jarrett Culver to carry the offensive load, the Norse might be able to give Tech some trouble if they can force Culver’s teammates to knock down shots. Led by D’Marcus Simonds (18.4 ppg), Georgia State is equally capable of troubling their opponent, Houston. Houston is a predominantly guard-oriented team, and at 6’3 195, Simonds is much bigger than Houston’s guards. Also, Georgia State played well against power 5 teams in the non-conference slate. The Panthers defeated Georgia, Alabama, and Saint Bonaventure and had a good showing at Kansas State too. Lastly, the sneakiest 3/14 matchup to keep an eye on is Purdue vs Old Dominion. Recently, Purdue had been Carsen Edwards-or-bust on offense. If Edwards struggles from the field once again (he is 23-102 on 3s since February), the Boilermakers will struggle to score on Old Dominion’s stellar defense, which ranks 9th in the country in defensive efficiency. Earlier this season, the Monarchs overcame double digit halftime deficits to upend both VCU and Syracuse. Continue Reading!
Gonzaga vs Farleigh Dickinson
Farleigh Dickinson had a nice win in the First Four but now they run into a team that is, in my opinion, the best team in college basketball.
Syracuse vs Baylor
This game is a toss up but Syracuse’s zone causes a lot of problems in the tournament and the Orange are better coached.