I had Marquette beating Davidson yesterday in my bracket. It wasn’t that important because I had Butler beating them next round, but I still wanted them to win the game. When the game got close at the end I found myself really rooting for the Golden Eagles, despite the fantastic game that a huge underdog Davidson was having. All of my friends and I except one cheered as Vander Blue made a layup with a second left to win the game. The other friend couldn’t believe that none of us were rooting for the underdog. Obviously, underdogs and upsets are what make the NCAA Tournament so special. And I started to realize that that is more important than my bracket after the Marquette game.
The South is filled with teams that have plenty of talent but have severely underperformed. If Florida and Michigan can put it all together then they can reach the Final Four. If they can’t, then upsets can rule the bracket.
The West is the weakest of the four regions. The region also lacks potential for a double-digit seed to upset. The defensively minded style of these teams leaves the region basically up for grabs. Expect for the middle seeds to make the most noise in the bracket.
Indiana got a pretty great draw despite not being the number 1 overall seed. Miami is one of the weakest 2 seeds in my opinion, and other teams come in riding lows like Syracuse. I expect Indiana to roll through this region, but let’s take a look at some of the best storylines and possible matchups.
This is arguably the toughest region which Louisville Cardinals fans might be upset about considering their team earned the No. 1 overall seed. The top four seeds are dangerous and the region is filled with upset potential. Here’s a brief summation of the Midwest Region before you hit submit on your bracket.
Power rankings is going to be a little different this week. There appears to be too much turnover between the teams. My rankings are supposed to rank the five teams with the best chance to win the national title, but after weeks of constant losses by top 10 teams, even that picture is unclear. So I am here to clear it up. Instead of ranking the top 5, the teams that I think are capable of winning it all are going to be listed here today. In no particular order…
Another week of college basketball means another week of Top 5 upheaval. How wins by Minnesota, Virginia, and Penn State were three different variations of the now commonplace college basketball upset.
The first week I did power rankings was the best day in college basketball in the entire season. I got to attend Pitt beating UCONN, then watched Florida blowout Mizzou, Louisville lose to Cuse in the final minute, Michigan State upend OSU by 3, and then end with possibly the best game of the season Butler beating Gonzaga. I watched all of these games without even changing the channel. It was quite honestly one of the best weekends I’ve had since I got to college. I was looking forward to more of that with all of the great matchups in the Big East and Big 10. But ESPN has not delivered. Since then their Gameday games have been horrible, including tomorrow’s game of Mizzou at Kentucky. Every Friday night I go on to ESPN to plan my day out around the basketball, and I am tired of seeing only one game I need to watch. FYI, Saturday’s is Georgetown at Syracuse.
As always, these rankings are based on how likely they are to win the national championship, not how they are playing right now. Let’s do it.