NCAA Tournament 2012: Kentucky and 3 Locks for the Sweet 16

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball in the post in the first half against Teeng Akol #22 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With the amount of upsets already in this year's NCAA Tournament, it's important to focus on the teams that are making to the Sweet 16, and the Kentucky Wildcats are one of those teams.

They didn't have much trouble with in-state competitor Western Kentucky in the first round.

The Wildcats are one of the most loaded teams in the tournament, with Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones.

While they may be inexperienced, that won't be a huge problem against the Iowa State Cyclones.

Iowa State only had the 53rd best scoring offense this year. That doesn't bode well when going up against a Kentucky team that ranked 14th in scoring defense and fifth in defensive efficiency.

You can fully expect to see the Wildcats show why they're the best team in the country.

Here's three more teams that will doubt be advancing:

 

 

Kansas Jayhawks

This could be an interesting matchup, at least at the power forward and point guard positions.

On one side, you have Robbie Hummel and Lewis Jackson of Purdue and on the other, Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor of Kansas.

The Jayhawks are going to be able to overpower the Boilermakers. There's just so much depth in the Kansas squad.

Aside from Hummel, there really isn't anyone inside the post who can account for Kansas big man Jeff Withey, either.

The Jayhawks also have a pretty big chip on their shoulders after getting knocked out of last year's Elite Eight.

 

 

Michigan State Spartans

This comes down to one man: Draymond Green.

The Billikens don't have anyone who's going to be able to stop the Big Ten Player of the Year. Green averaged 16.1 points and 10.4 rebounds a game.

Green could have a field day hitting the glass against St. Louis. As a team, they didn't rebound very well, ranking 258th in the nation.

As a senior, this is the last opportunity to leave his legacy on the Michigan State program, and he's not going to let the Billikens get in his way.

 

 

Florida Gators

It's a fairy tale tournament already for Norfolk State after upsetting Missouri. The Spartans won't be able to add another chapter against Florida.

Unlike in the first round, they aren't going to surprise anybody. Missouri was guilty of taking the Spartans lucky, but the Gators won't be so foolish.

Frank Haith has had little experience in the tournament and certainly never with the kind of expectations the Tigers carried.

Billy Donovan is quite the opposite. He has already won two national titles so he knows what it takes to win at this stage.

He'll do everything he can to make sure his Florida players are completely focused before the game.

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