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March Madness: The 5 Must Watch First Round Matchups

The NCAA Tournament bracket has been set and it’s safe to say there are a handful of teams that are considered favorites to win. While these name teams who have had great seasons garner a lot of attention from basketball fans,, there is another type of team that almost every fan enjoys during March Madness – the “Cinderella” teams.

Just last year we saw history when No. 16 seed UMBC knocked off No. 1 seed Virginia. And No. 12 seed Loyola-Chicago became everybody’s favorite underdog during its run to the Final Four. Every year there are upsets and this year should be no different. Here are five games in the Round of 64 that could end with an upset victory.

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College Basketball’s 2018-2019 Regular Season Awards

No season in college basketball is created equal. Last year’s unpredictable nature in which top-ranked teams fell from grace at a higher clip than ever before, was certainly not expected to be duplicated one year thereafter.

While that narrative proved to be true, storylines and plot twists alike were in abundance once again as we now find ourselves on a crash course for what many believe to be the greatest tournament in all of sports.

With conference tournaments set to get juicy in the coming 48 hours, we look back on who stood out amongst the rest en route to my college basketball regular season awards for the 2018-2019 season.

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Mid Majors That Could Be Dangerous in the NCAA Tournament

First off, I don’t consider the American Conference a mid-major and obviously I’m not going to write about Gonzaga, Nevada, Buffalo, and Wofford.  Those four will all make the tournament with a top 8 seed barring something crazy.  However, some of these teams may sadly not end up in the tournament. But if they do, I think they could do some damage.

VCU

The Rams are no stranger to upsets in the tournament so this year wouldn’t be anything new. VCU has KenPom’s #4 defense that is allowing just 62 points per game.  They do have a lackluster offense but they have won 9 games in a row and have wins over Temple, Hofstra, Texas, and Dayton (twice), and close losses to St. John’s and Virginia.  They’ve held good offenses like Texas and Virginia to under 60 points.  VCU could easily shut teams down and win a couple games in the tournament.
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