As evidenced by decades of college basketball, there are many ways to build a contender. You can look across college basketball and see Kentucky and Duke going after “one-and-done” recruits and reloading every year. You’ll also see teams like Michigan State, who focus on developing players over a longer college career. You’ll see Gonzaga, who built a successful program by going after international recruits. You’ll see many teams that take a little from several different philosophies without one recognizable identity. But now, Eric Musselman has found a new way to build a winner. Read Full Article Here!
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!