Category: NCAA

Sweet Sixteen Predictions From our Team: Day 1

Tournament Games

Nevada vs Loyola

Jack: Loyola

Oliver: Loyola

Griffin: Nevada

Charlie: Loyola See All Picks Here!

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My Final Four Predictions

By Shane Bidwell

With two conventional blue blood, and rather long shots, my Final Four predictions border on downright insane. Before the action begins Wednesday with the First Four, let’s look at the four teams I believe will make it to San Antonio.

Villanova Wildcats

No surprise here. Jay Wright has built a national powerhouse at Nova and look for it to be more of the same this year. The Wildcats have an absurd 6 players scoring in double figures, led by junior guard Jalen Brunson with 19 ppg. The Wildcats are the team to beat coming out of the East. I expect Alabama to give Nova a scare in the second round but for the most part the Cats should tear right through this side of the bracket, as Purdue is their only feasible competition; and even they have been less than impressive at times. See The Full Four Here!

NCAA Tournament bubble watch

By Oliver Mauntel

As conference play nears the halfway point, the cream of the college basketball crop have begun to separate themselves from the pack. Villanova, Virginia, and Purdue are leading the way in their respective conferences, and are clustered at the top of the AP poll as well. Traditional blue bloods in Duke and Kansas have looked the part thus far, whereas youthful Kentucky and Arizona squads have struggled with consistency. Ohio State, Texas Tech, TCU, and Arizona State -each in the conference title hunt- have experienced surprisingly quick turnarounds under relatively new regimes. On the other hand, Texas A&M and USC have failed to meet the preseason hype, but still have time to salvage their seasons.

As we near March, it’s time for title contenders to solidify their position and for struggling ball-clubs to turn their seasons around. I have evaluated each tournament-hopeful team’s current status, which includes both marquee wins and bad losses. Read Full Article Here!

March Madness: Overrated vs Underdogs

By Oliver Mauntel

Every March, brackets are busted at the hands of overlooked teams, and many of the favorites are knocked out early. Here’s a look at who could be upset, and who is dangerous.

Overrated

Auburn- The Tigers began the season immersed in the FBI scandal that shook college basketball. As a result of the scandal, assistant coach Chuck Person was arrested, and a pair of projected starters were indefinitely suspended. Through the early setbacks, Bruce Pearl has managed to do more with less this season. The Tigers have experienced one of their best seasons in program history and will be headed to the tournament for the first time since 2003. My concern is that Auburn lacks size. Their tallest starter is 6’7 Anfernee McLemore, and their leading rebounder is Dasean Murray… who is 6’3. Auburn has impressively managed to still be one of the country’s leading rebounding teams, but they would have difficulty matching up with a dominant rebounding team such as Duke or North Carolina. Auburn also tends to be find themselves in big holes early in games, which could prove to be deadly in the postseason. In SEC play, Auburn has dealt with double digit halftime deficits an astonishing 6 times.

Recap: Auburn is more than capable of making noise in the tournament, but don’t be surprised if they find themselves in a big hole early on.

Projected seed: 2 Read Full Article Here!