Loyola has marched on a familiar path en route to their first Final Four appearance since 1963. With a 28-5 record, including 15-3 in conference play, the Ramblers breezed through both the regular season and the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. In the Big Dance, however, Loyola has embraced life on the edge. Read Full Article Here!
The East Region looks as if it is Villanova’s to lose. Outside of the Wildcats, the region is wide open, with underdogs prowling in every meeting. Don’t be surprised if a “Cinderella” team arises from Villanova’s shadow.
Villanova (30-4): Since the formation of the “new Big East”, Jay Wright has turned the Wildcats into a well-oiled machine. Like Virginia, Villanova doesn’t shoot themselves in the foot. Nearly every Villanova player has the ability to shoot the three-ball, making them dangerous once they get hot. Oh, and they are led by the potential national player of the year: Jalen Brunson.
Of the four regions, the South region may be the toughest to endure. The region consists of a handful of national title contenders, and four schools that have ‘Wildcats’ as mascots. The winner of the South region will have survived a gauntlet, and may very well be the odds on favorite to win it all. See Full Article Here!
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!