Kansas has looked great so far and is in my opinion the best team in the nation right now. They have beaten Michigan State and Tennessee, two top-10 teams, at neutral sites and have a good win over Marquette. Lagerald Vick and Dedric Lawson are stars and so is Udoka Azubuike, when he’s on the floor. Azubuike is playing just about 20 minutes per game right now, sixth on the team, mostly due to foul trouble. Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson have looked really good and actually play a fairly similar style. Kansas is in the top 7 in KenPom adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency and do just about everything well. Stanford took them to overtime last Saturday but Lagerald Vick carried Kansas to a win and the Jayhawks stayed perfect. Kansas’ next big game is December 15th against Villanova. Continue Reading!
The Duke Blue Devils were more than impressive in their opener against #2 Kentucky, beating them by 34, and scoring 118 points. Their star freshmen, RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, and Tre Jones, lived up to the hype. No freshmen scaries for this crew, as Barrett had 33, Zion with 28, and Reddish had 22. This Duke team is disgusting, and they play like seasoned veterans. So, can anyone beat the Dukies? Continue Reading!
The Midwest Region is caked with bluebloods, and I believe the national champion may arise from this region. If Michigan State and Duke happen to meet in the Sweet 16, the winner will be my favorite to capture the title. Syracuse, New Mexico State, and Charleston are all threats to the front-runners.
Kansas (27-7):Although this isn’t one of Bill Self’s most talented teams, Kansas still found its way to a number one seed. Devonte’ Graham is the leader of this team, and a candidate for national player of the year. Malik Newman has turned his game up a notch, helping the Jayhawks play their best basketball at the right time. Keep an eye on KU’s foul totals; Kansas only plays seven players, so they must avoid foul trouble.
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.
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!