Sweet 16 2013: Teams That Will Keep on Dominating

Matt MetzlerContributor IIIMarch 26, 2013

Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals look to keep rolling as they take on the Oregon Ducks in the Sweet 16.
Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals look to keep rolling as they take on the Oregon Ducks in the Sweet 16.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

As March Madness progresses, three No. 1 seeds remain standing strong coupled with three No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.

There are plenty of "big-time" Sweet 16 matchups featuring elite programs along with other matchups featuring a few optimistic mid-majors.

So which of the most impressive teams thus far will continue their dominance?


Louisville Cardinals

 The No. 1 overall seeded Louisville Cardinals are proving why they are just that. Peyton Siva and Russ Smith have consistently scored and created off the dribble for center Gorgui Dieng. The team is as balanced as they come.

Perhaps the most impressive stat thus far in the tournament is that the Cardinals were able to out-rebound one of the best teams in the country in that department in Colorado State, whom Louisville dismantled in the round of 32. One possession is dangerous for Louisville; give them more than one and you're writing your own death sentence.

Oregon is next on the chopping block.


Florida Gators

All good things must come to an end. Florida Gulf Coast's improbable and historic run will be finished come Friday night. The Gators have too much size and depth in scoring. If it isn't guards Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario putting up points, it's Erik Murphy.

Murphy is too much to handle in terms of versatility. The 6'10" senior can play with his back to the basket or pop out for jumpers, extending his range to beyond the arc. Florida simply packs too much punch with one of the most efficient offenses in the country.

They will cruise past Florida Gulf Coast. 


Michigan Wolverines

Perhaps the most impressive team in the tournament thus far in terms of overall body of work, Michigan is playing some great basketball. While guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. absorb most of the attention, the phenomenal play of forward Mitch McGary can't be overlooked.

McGary is a beast on the glass, hustling after every loose ball and laying his body on the line. Let's not overlook these dynamic guards, though. Burke and Hardaway Jr. lead a backcourt that can penetrate unlike many others in the country, and both possess a shooter's touch from the outside. Any one of the Wolverine's starting five is capable of lighting up the box score on any given night—a recipe for success.

Michigan will continue to roll right past Kansas into the Elite 8.