Why your team will and won’t win the NCAA Tournament

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Why your team will and won’t win the NCAA Tournament

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With the annual NCAA tournament beginning today, here’s our picks and reasons your favorite team will and will not win the big dance.

East Region

Image result for duke logoWhy Duke will win it all: Zion Williams.

Why Duke is doomed: Who knew one pair of Nike’s PG 2.5 sneakers could derail this Fab 5. In all seriousness though, unless you put up more than 90 points against the Blue Devils it’s not gonna be your night buddy. 

 

Image result for michigan state logoWhy Michigan State will win it all: Coach Tom Izzo has been with Michigan State since 1983, the third longest among other major conference coaches.

Why Michigan State is doomed: Congratulations, Michigan State. You swept your arch rival Michigan and won the Big Ten tournament. Step forward and receive your glorious reward–being in the same bracket as the Duke Blue Devils.

 

Image result for lsu logoWhy LSU will win it all: The Tigers won the top seed in the SEC tournament and have the 22nd best scoring team in the Nation.

Why LSU is doomed: The Tigers let up 73 points a game, which puts them tied for 222nd in the nation. If defense wins championships, then LSU is in deep trouble. And oh, by the way, you’re going to be without your head coach for the duration of the tournament. Did I also forget to mention you’re going to forfeit any wins you get in this tournament five years down the road because of recruiting violations? Have fun with the NCAA’s wheel of discipline and a visit by the FBI.

 

Image result for virginia tech logoWhy Virginia Tech will win it all: The Hokies have struggled in the NCAA tournament, and it was difficult to give them any reason to make it past the second round (which they’ve never been past). As a team, Virginia Tech is the 8th best three-point shooters in the nation. Ty Outlaw and Ahmed Hill are among the nations best shooters, and the Hokies have their starting point guard Justin Robinson back.

Why Virginia Tech is doomed: Gobble all you want about beating Duke, Hokie fans, but that win came at home without Zion Williams. That won’t be the case if you meet the Blue Devils in the Sweet Sixteen.

 

Image result for mississippi state logoWhy Mississippi State will win it all: 2017 South Carolina Gamecocks. 2016 Syracuse Orange. 2014 Uconn Huskies. 2013 Louisville Cardinals. What do all these teams have in common? The men’s and women’s basketball teams both made the final four that season. This year, Mississippi State’s women’s team enters as a heavy favorite to make it to their third straight final four. If history continues to repeat itself, the Bulldogs might just be able to find a way in.

Why Mississippi State is doomed: My main question is–what have the Bulldogs done recently? Mississippi State’s last quality win came back in January. They haven’t beaten a team in the dance since.

 

Image result for bradley logoWhy Bradley will win it all: Missouri Valley teams have had great success over the last few tournaments. Bradley knocked off last year’s tournament darlings, Loyola Chicago, in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship game.

Why Bradley is doomed: Bradley’s best win was against a team that didn’t even make the National Invite Tournament. The only other thing worth noting was that they beat Loyola.

 

Sweet 16 Picks

Image result for duke logoJustin: Duke, Mississippi St, Belmont, Louisville

Mitchell: Duke, Mississippi St, LSU, Louisville

Jakob: Duke, VA tech, LSU, Louisville

 

Cinderella

Image result for belmont logoJustin: Belmont

Mitchell: Bradley

Jakob: Bradley

 

East Region Champion

Image result for louisville logoJustin: Duke

Mitchell: Louisville

Jakob: Duke

 

South Region

Image result for virginia logoWhy Virginia will win it all: As long as they don’t have to play UMBC this year, they’ll be fine.

Why Virginia is doomed: Don’t think us Bracketologists are going to forgive you for choking in the first round. This team is so upset prone they are going to need Dr. Heimlich on speedial during the first week of action.

 

Image result for tennessee logoWhy Tennessee will win it all: Good against bad teams, bad against good teams. They should survive through round two.

Why Tennessee is doomed: Remind me what happened last season to the Vols were a top seed? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

 

Image result for purdue logoWhy Purdue will win it all:  Carsen Edwards is among the nations top scorers, but he’s been in a slump as of late. If he’s able to get back on course, Edwards could lead Purdue past their early competition.

Why Purdue is doomed: You either live or die by the 3-point line. If Carsen Edwards has a bad night, the Boilermakers could be packing home early yet again.

 

Image result for kansas state logoWhy Kansas State will win it all: Luckily for Kansas State, the winner of the region that Virginia has been in for the last few seasons, went into the tournament as an underdog to win it. Kansas State is seen by many as the biggest underdog in their fourth of the bracket.

Why Kansas State is doomed: Dean Wade has another foot injury. You may have slain the Kansas dragon, but you’re not going to be spoon fed the path to the Elite Eight like you were last year.

 

Image result for wisconsin logoWhy Wisconsin will win it all: Ethan Happ is like the LeBron James of college basketball. Great player on a poor team, but can go as far as anyone.

Why Wisconsin is doomed: Wisconsin has struggled against any real competition this season. Not a good sign when facing the best 68 teams in the country.

 

Image result for iowa logoWhy Iowa will win it all: Iowa has a habit of knocking down big shots with mere seconds to play. It’s teams like them that give March its madness.

Why Iowa is doomed: Talk about a nuclear meltdown. Iowa went from a legit contender for a top 4 seed prior to Valentine’s Day to barely making the field of 68.

 

Sweet 16 Picks

Image result for cincinnati logo Justin: Virginia, Kansas State, Villanova, Tennessee

Mitchell: Virginia, Kansas State, Villanova, Cincinnati

Jakob: Virginia,Kansas st, Villanova, Tennessee

 

Cinderella

Image result for oregon logoJustin: Oregan

Mitchell: Oregon

Jakob: Oregon

 

South Region Champion

Image result for villanova logoJustin: Villanova

Mitchell: Cincinnati

Jakob: Virginia

Midwest Region

Image result for north carolina logoWhy North Carolina will win it all: 24 of the last 28 champions have had 2 or more NBA 1st round picks. North Carolina has 2 potential first rounders.

Why North Carolina is doomed: Besides their win against Gonzaga, the Heels haven’t done well against top teams outside their conference, at least they exposed the weakness in the Duke death star.

 

Image result for kentucky logoWhy Kentucky will win it all: If any school is king of great one and dones, its Kentucky.

Why Kentucky is doomed: This team lost 118-84 against Duke and then proceeded to get beaten by two teams on the bubble. This team has upset written all over it. They also got placed in the same bracket as all the other college basketball juggernauts.

 

Related imageWhy Houston will win it all: Houston has experienced its best season since Phi Slama Jama in ‘83.

Why Houston is doomed: Houston got exposed in the American Championship game by Cincinnati. Houston like Virginia will also need Dr. Heimlich on speedial during the first week of action due to their recent choking bug.

 

Image result for kansas logoWhy Kansas will win it all: Only six players have more double-doubles than Dedric Lawson (20), and only two are playing in this year’s tournament, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ (21) and Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy (22). Luckily for Kansas, they won’t have to face either of these teams until the very end.

Why Kansas is doomed: The entire Big XII is dancing in the streets because of your regular season demise. No fifteen straight conference championships for you.

 

Image result for auburn logoWhy Auburn will win it all: The team that gets hot at the end of the season, does hot in the tournament. Auburn is on fire after coming off an emotional SEC tournament title, their first since 1985, against a 2 seeded Tennessee team.

Why Auburn is doomed: The committee was not kind to the Tigers. They are going to play a New Mexico State squad with 30 wins on the year.

 

Sweet 16 Picks

Image result for ohio state logoJustin:  North Carolina, Kansas, Iowa State, Kentucky

Mitchell: North Carolina, Auburn, Houston, Kentucky

Jakob: North Carolina, Auburn, Ohio St, Kentucky

 

Cinderella

Image result for new mexico state logoJustin: New Mexico State

Mitchell: Auburn

Jakob: Ohio St

 

 

Midwest Region Champion

Image result for kentucky logoJustin: Kentucky

Mitchell: Houston

Jakob: Kentucky

 

West Region

Image result for gonzaga logoWhy Gonzaga will win it all: The Zags have been one of the most experienced teams in the last decade. They are coming into the season with the hottest offense in the Nation. And if history repeats itself, Gonzaga could be crowned champions. The last time three teams from the same conference all won one seeds, the other lone one seed won the tournament. (North Carolina, 2009)

Why Gonzaga is doomed: They may have beaten Duke back in November, but the Bulldogs haven’t done much since. The Bulldogs best win since November 21st: Saint Mary’s. Since then they have dropped two games to North Carolina and Tennessee respectively.  

 

Image result for michigan logoWhy Michigan will win it all: Each of the last 14 champions (excluding the 2006 Florida Gators) had won the tournament at least once before.

Why Michigan is doomed: Just like Superman, this squad seems to falter to their own version of  kryptonite. It also comes in the color of green. Michigan seems to be developing a pattern of losing every third game, which means they are on high upset alert in the sweet sixteen

 

Image result for texas tech logoWhy Texas Tech will win it all: Texas Tech owns the 4th best defense in the country.

Why Texas Tech is doomed: The Red Raiders won’t be at home and that is a huge problem. Texas Tech only boasts a 5-4 record on the road against top 50 opponents.

 

Image result for florida state logoWhy Florida State will win it all: Florida State harbors the ACC’s top defense within the arc. They should have no trouble guarding the paint from their early round opponents.

Why Florida State is doomed: The Seminoles have a 19.2% turnover ratio. That is not going to fly in this dance.

 

Image result for marquette logoWhy Marquette will win it all: The Hauser brothers of Marquette may be the deadliest family duo to play on the same team since the Curry brothers played together in Golden State. Like the Curry’s, the Hauser’s are lethal three point shooters.

Why Marquette is doomed: This team has been in free fall since February. I don’t see them correcting their path now. Enjoy the annual 5-12 upset at the hands of Murray State

 

Image result for university of buffalo logoWhy Buffalo will win it all: After their hot run through last years tournament, Buffalo coach, Nate Oats, is ready to pick up where he left off. Oats is one of the brightest coaches in all of basketball.

Why Buffalo is doomed: A mid major this high up? That just spells trouble for the Bulls. Then again, they are a better team than their NBA counterparts.

 

Sweet 16 Picks

Image result for murray state logoJustin: Syracuse, Florida State, Buffalo, Michigan

Mitchell: Gonzaga, Murray State, Arizona State,Nevada

Jakob: Syracuse, Marquette, Buffalo, Michigan

 

Cinderella

Image result for nevada logoJustin: Buffalo

Mitchell: Murray State, Arizona State, Nevada

Jakob: Buffalo

 

West Region Champion

Image result for syracuse logoJustin: Michigan

Mitchell: Murray State

Jakob: Syracuse

 

 

 

National Champion Picks

Image result for ncaa logoJustin: Kentucky

Mitchell: Houston

Jakob: Virginia

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