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Ja Morant should be a top-three NBA draft pick

The NCAA tournament started last Thursday and Murray State point guard Ja Morant stole the show. Morant was the highlight of his team’s 83-64 win over Marquette in the opening round of the tournament.

Morant had a triple-double, his third of the season – 17 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds. It was the first triple-double in the NCAA Tournament since Michigan State’s Draymond Green did it in 2012.

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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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Midwest Region Preview

By Oliver Mauntel

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.

1 Seed

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.

On the road/neutral site: (13-3)                                                                        Last 10 games: (8-2) Read Full Article Here!

East Region Preview

By Oliver Mauntel

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.

1 Seed

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.

On the road/neutral site: (18-3)                                                                        Last 10 games: (8-2) Read Full Article Here!

Teams that are Rolling right into March

By Griffin Hill

There are teams every year that get hot at the right time, and have the momentum it takes to make a deep run in the tournament regardless of talent. Conference championships are the last chance to punch a ticket to the big dance, and get your team excited and motivated to compete in late March.

Here are the 5 teams I think are the hottest in all of college basketball.

5. Miami Hurricanes

This program (like the football team) thrives on momentum and energy, and with a 4 game win streak going into the ACC tournament, they are scary. The Hurricanes have shown they are one of the best transition teams in the country, and lately that they can get stops down the stretch. If this team can make a push in the conference tourney their stock will rise, and I look for them to make an Elite 8 run. Read Full Article Here!