The time has finally come, sports fans.
The month that makes all other months seem like a drawn-out little-league tournament. It’s March Madness and it’ll probably surprise you with upsets every round no matter how much research you do, but here’s a little bit of an overview for those of you who have not been keeping a close watch on the season thus far.
First, let’s talk about the heavy hitters: Villanova University, Gonzaga University, University of Kansas, and University of North Carolina. These are possible one-seeds in their respective regions, although there are other threats. All four of these teams are very talented and have their eyes set on cutting down the nets.
Villanova is looking to rekindle the magic it had in last year’s tournament, but that is not easy to do. They are looking great thus far, sitting pretty at the two-seed with a 28-3 record, and it helps to have a great player like Josh Hart.
However, when it comes to March Madness, it is rare to see lightning strike twice, so I can’t see them winning it all again. Look for them to reach the Final Four though.
I put Gonzaga and North Carolina in the same category: teams that just are not good enough. Gonzaga is a perennial threat in the tournament, yet they never really make any noise in late rounds.
I do not think this year will be any different despite their hot start. North Carolina, on the other hand, knows exactly what it is like to win in the late rounds of the tournament. However, this is their first year in many without Marcus Paige, who was an absolute miracle maker in his time there.
Even though Justin Jackson is playing phenomenally, I think they will come just short of the championship this year.
Now, for the best team of college basketball players currently assembled, the Kansas Jayhawks. They are the number one seed as of right now and Frank Mason is out for blood.
It is his last year in a long tenure at Kansas and he does not want to leave without cutting down a net. Not to mention the play of first-year star Josh Jackson. Together they are an elite backcourt hungry to win, and I don’t think anyone will stop them.
Now for the fun part, sleepers.
Sleepers are the best part of March Madness, it is common that the one seed does not win it all. This year, that sleeper is the Kentucky Wildcats. With a trio of freshmen phenoms led by Malik Monk, they have the talent necessary to win any game they play.
However, their lack of experience could come back to bite them when they go up against veterans such as Frank Mason, but John Calipari has found a way around that in the past, he could do it again.
Congratulations, you now have a basic understanding of this year’s bracket.
Now go do more research, you still will not get a perfect bracket.