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.
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.
North Carolina vs Iona
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.
Virginia vs Gardner Webb
Not happening again.
Ole Miss vs Oklahoma
Ole Miss has lost five of their last seven and KenPom likes the Sooners more. I expect a close game with an intriguing guard matchup of Christian James and Breein Tyree.
Oklahoma has a good defense and I don’t think the Rebels will ever get it going offensively.