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.
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.
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!
This week’s edition of bubble watch features teams that are locks, teams that should be in, and teams that still have work to do in order to ensure a tournament bid. For the teams that should be in, I indicated what each team must do in order to lock up their bid. For the teams that still have work left to do, I indicated what each team must do in order to feel comfortable with their position on Selection Sunday. All other teams that are not named will most likely need to win their conference tournament. With the exception of the Big 10, the majority of the teams listed below have one last regular season game this weekend, in addition to their conference tournament next week. While only ten days remain until Selection Sunday, there is still plenty of time for bubble teams to bolster their NCAA tournament resumes.