Both teams have a fast-paced offense but North Carolina is a great team. I don’t see a chance of an upset here.
Prediction: North Carolina
Utah State vs Washington
Utah State has a great duo of Sam Merrill and Neemias Queta. Merrill is an experienced offensive leader that can shoot the three and Queta is a talented rim protector with NBA potential.
Washington’s head coach Mike Hopkins brought the 2-3 zone to Washington from Syracuse and the Huskies have a strong defense. Matisse Thybulle is one of the best defensive players in the country and part of their balanced scoring attack.
It’s March Madness once again and I couldn’t be more excited for the first weekend of the tournament. The first two days of March Madness are probably my favorite days of the sports calendar every single year and hopefully, it lives up to the hype this time around. In this article, I will be previewing every first-round matchup with reasons why you should pick each team while also giving a pretty harsh critique of the selection committee sprinkled in throughout the article. (I’m not too pleased) Let me know what you guys think of this, I’m not posting a full bracket prediction but if you have any questions about filling out your bracket I’m more than able to help, I’ve won bracket pools and have plenty of analytics that can help you get the best chance to win your pool. For any further questions feel free to tweet or dm me, my twitter is @mikerothou
Final note, all team offensive, and defensive efficiency rankings will be coming from kenpom.com it is the best website by far, in my opinion, to look at advanced college basketball stats.
I had the opportunity to get to know a player that college basketball fans need to know the name of for the next four years. Julien Franklin is a back to back Crestview MVP, state finalist, and regional champion from Villa Park, California. He also holds the record for Villa Park points in one game… WITH 52. He received 5 division one offers, and has chosen to continue his basketball career in the PAC 12 as an Oregon State Beaver.
My basketball career started at a very young age of 5, but I took football a lot more serious as a kid. I didn’t start taking basketball seriously until the 7th grade when I quit football. Everyday my brother and I would train with my dad and older players that are in highschool and college. I’d say this is what molded me into becoming an elite player.