Marcha 23, 2018

Will you be filling out an NCAA Tournament Bracket?

15 Marcha 2018, 02:37 | Gervasio Siguenza

East region

East region

And this season's crop of mid-major teams in the field is pretty strong. The NCAA tournament is the single greatest spectacle in American Sports.

For those of you that do the bracket games, I will unveil all of my picks by Wednesday night. The Jayhawks are the No.1 seed in the Midwest region, but both Duke and Michigan State are given a better chance to represent the region in the Final Four. "It's always a fun time, and it can be anybody's game".

Unlike previous Greg Marshall coached teams, this Shockers group has been fairly inconsistent throughout the season. New Mexico State knocked off Miami during the season.

Plus, with Cullen VanLeer out with an ACL injury, Terrence Phillips suspended from the team and Blake Harris having long since transferred, the Tigers have little to no depth behind Geist and Robertson.

The Razorbacks only made 67.8 percent of their free throws this year, and that won't cut it in March. The Big Ten schedule was incredibly favorable to MSU, as they didn't have many tough road games.

The following year, North Carolina State won the national title with a 54-52 victory in the final game over Houston.

Besides that, Xavier has quite a history with good coaches moving on. Young was the leading Player of the Year candidate for a large chunk of the season. Whether it is Villanova continuing their dominance of the regular season into the tournament or future NBA Lottery pick Collin Sexton making an even bigger name for himself, a full preview of the East Region will better prepare March Madness fanatics for the chaos that could ensue. This time, I believe it will be much closer, but I'm rolling with Nova to win it all.

OU was selected for the NCAA women's basketball tournament Monday, extending the program's streak to 19 consecutive appearances after weeks of sweating through life as a bubble team.

So, fill out those brackets and start channel surfing.

The other Wildcats in that regional are No. 9 seed Kansas State, which takes on Creighton on Friday in Charlotte. Villanova is the favorite with 6/1 odds, and Virginia, the No. 1 seed in Tennessee's region, has the second-best chance with 13/2 odds. The Musketeers lost twice this season to Villanova (in blowout fashion) and to Providence. At least one SWAC or MEAC team has been involved in the First Four since it started in 2011. "Let's go do some damage in the NCAA Tournament". And the next time you hear someone say the committee doesn't respect the Big 12, hit them with this. I expect the Jack Rabbits to come out hot and the Buckeyes will be fighting from behind the entire way. "We don't want to get too high on this".

Casey Alexander, Lipscomb; Earl Grant, College of Charleston; Mike Jones, Radford; LaVall Jordan, Butler; Kyle Keller, Stephen F. Austin; Matt McMahon, Murray State; Wes Miller, UNC Greensboro; Ryan Odom, UMBC; and Dedrique Taylor, Cal State Fullerton. "We've had some good teams going into the tournament and I think this is one of those teams".

Xavier isn't even favored to win the West. Neither did Texas Tech nor TCU. They also have the 12th-best effective field goal percentage allowed, which factors in the added worth of three-pointers. The Quakers can overcome the height advantage that Kansas has if they position themselves well and everyone crashes the boards. They could face MI in the Sweet 16, but after that, they could potentially face Xavier or Gonzaga.

For the Final Four, Cortana's got Virginia versus Gonzaga and Villanova versus Kansas.

Devonte Graham, Kansas: The Jayhawks' dynamic leader is a big reason the school won the Big 12 again and could make another deep run.

In the championship, I'll have Arizona matching up against Duke. It's really quite unbelievable to think that he arrived at North Carolina hindered by a reputation of being unable to win the big one. As for the championship, I will take Arizona.

Deandre Ayton, Arizona: The Bahamian big man has been called a unicorn and a cyborg. "Obviously we knew we were in".

Now that March is actually here, the real madness about to begin.

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