Bracketology: The Big Suprises and Big Busts of the Big Dance
65 teams brawling for the chance to be crowned the best college basketball team in the nation. Now that sounds like madness to me, and I don't believe there is a better sound in the world than the crazy scream of jacked-up fans ready to see their favorite team fight to the death in a one loss and go home situation.
Hearts will be broken, the clock will strike midnight on Cinderella's, heroes will be made, and most importantly, a champion will be crowned. March madness is one of the most exciting times of the year for sports fans, filled with upsets and glory.
Here are some teams that I think could shock the sports world when March rolls around.
Ohio State Buckeyes-
Most people will say that the Bucks are known to well around the nation and are way too good to be considered a Cinderella kind of team. Well, you may be right, lots of people have heard about Ohio State, but they don't get nearly enough publicity for how good they really are.
Led by the Big Ten Player of the Year award candidate Evan Turner, this team has one of the best and most explosive starting five in the entire nation. John Deibler is a sharp shooter from beyond the arc and big man Dallas Lauderdale is an absolute beast in the post, leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage. If the Buckeyes can establish any bench player over the rest of the regular season, they could be an EXTREMELY tough out in the tournament and I wouldn't be surprised to see them sitting pretty in the Final Four.
Usually there is always a mid-major team that steps it up come tournament time and I think Siena has all the attributes to be that team this year. Ronald Moore, Siena's star point guard, is one of the main reasons why I think they have a shot to be heard in the big dance this year.
Moore has been averaging 7.7 assists per game this year as a college point guard, that i by far and away the best in the nation. Not only that, this guy is lightning fast and can get up and down the court in a heartbeat. He is an unbelievable point guard that has been basically hidden away from the world because he is in such a minor conference, but if Moore plays up to his potential, his name could be known around the states after the tournament.
Temple Owls- The Atlantic Ten conference has been the best in the nation outside of the power six conferences this year (And Frankly, they have been twice as good Pac Ten this year), and with an impressive non-conference schedule, the Owls have proved they can ball with the best of them this year.
Temple has really impressed me this year with solid wins over Siena, Virginia Tech, Rhode Island, Xavier and a great win over the Villanova Wildcats. Not only do they have a list of impressive wins that most teams don't have, they also play some of the best defense in the country, which is a key to having a successful tournament run.
They have shown sparks of offense throughout the year like they did against Villanova and if they can get someone on their team to get hot, the Owls have good enough defense to make a few upsets and go to the sweet 16 and possibly even the elite 8.
Texas A&M Aggies-
This Aggies team has been smoking hot over the past few weeks and has been able to claw themselves into the top 25 for the first time this season. With a faltering Texas team struggling to beat the bottom of the barrel teams in the Big 12, the Aggies have become the third best team in their conference. This is not an easy feat considering how tough the Big 12 has been this year.
This group has become a real team over the last two weeks beating Baylor, Mizzou, Texas Tech, and had a close loss to Kansas in their most recent game. An impressive stretch to say the least and I think this A&M team will stay hot into the tournament and could upset a few highly ranked teams before they are eliminated from the Big Dance this year.
Illinois Fighting Illini-
This Illini team is extremely talented and had been on a role up until their most recent game against the Buckeyes, but still, wins over Michigan State at home and the Badgers on the ROAD (first unranked team in 50 games to accomplish that). That is extremely impressive and it looks like the Illini have finally come together as a team and they are starting to live up to the high expectations.
I believe that the success of Illinois in the big dance can be summed up pretty well in two words- Demetri McCamey. When McCamey is scoring and spreading the ball around to his teammates, this team is hard to beat, just ask the Wisconsin Badgers. I like the Illini and I think they will make a solid run in the big dance. Don't be surprised if you see this team in the sweet 16 or further.
These five teams have been flying under the radar for the most part this season, but have shown they have the ability to beat some of the best teams in the nation and consistently win ball games.
Don't be surprised if you see a couple of these teams in the sweet 16, elite 8, and maybe even the final four because all of these teams can ball when they are playing their best. Don't be afraid to pick these teams and Bracket Busters in your pools because they all have the ability to shock the nation this year
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