The Big Dance


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The NCAA Tournament is the best way (in my opinion) to crown a national champion. It has a sense of randomness to it that makes it fun to watch. There is always that team that should be out right away but they end up making a run and makes thousands lose money in their bracket pools.

Last year that team was VCU. The Rams made their first Final Four appearance in their 10 appearances in the tournament, and they didn’t have an easy road. They beat the No.1 seeds Kansas that was said to be the best team in the nation.

This year, I don’t have a team like VCU making a run like they did last year but it’s always safe to pick an underdog to win a few games. You may look like a fool when you pick a 12 seed over a 5, if you pick right you’ll shut your friends up and look like the genius for a while.

When I say I don’t have a team like VCU making a run I meant any team with a 5 seed or above. My champion is the 4 seed out of the south, Indiana. They have impressive wins like Kentucky, Ohio St, Notre Dame, Michigan St, and Michigan. They are in the same region with Kentucky, Notre Dame, and Duke. Duke has lost some big games this year and I’m not very impressed.

In the east, the No. 1 seed Syracuse, have to play with out their 7 foot center Fab Melo due to eligibility issues. They lost him earlier in the season when they went on a 3 game road trip and they got their only regular season loss to Notre Dame. Melo leads the team in rebounds (which they are awful at). I’ve heard that Vanerbilt is going to win the east region but I’m not so sure. Yes they beat Kentucky and yes they won the SEC title, but they don’t always show up to play their best and if they get into a slow start against this deep Syracuse team in the sweet sixteen, they will be beat because they wont have enough fresh legs.

The No. 2, Ohio St, has the best chance in the east with a farly easy trip to the final 4 with their first speed bump in sweet sixteen against Cinncinati and if they win that they are for sure in New Orleans because of the lack of rebounding on the orange’s side.

In the west, Michigan St has a tough road having to to through Louisville in the sweet sixteen. Louisville is a very good 3 point shooting team and will make you turn the ball over but I think the Spartans have the ball handling to keep the ball on their side of the court.

With the easiest path to New Orleans is UNC in the midwest. They will have to face the ether Kansas or Georgetown in the elite eight and the will be their hardest test of the region so they are almost a write in for the final four.

Now that the tournament has started, grab some friends, popcorn and sit back and watch the best basketball of the year.

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About Kevin Bridge

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am one of the co-founders of The Backfield Press.

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