Looking Ahead; The Top 5 Teams For the 2010 "Big Dance"
By March fourth we will be immersed in the final four stage of the NCAA Basketball tournament. The site will Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. The season started and everybody wondered who would end the season undefeated. Teams began to fall off of the undefeated list and now the best teams have at most 3 losses. The top seeded teams entering championship week and Selection Sunday are: Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas, Duke, Villanova, Purdue, and Ohio State. As we enter the home stretch it is time to begin thinking; what teams will be competing for the trophy in Indianapolis.
Once the name is even mentioned most already think about John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and John Calipari. After missing the dance last year Kentucky is motivated and since the beginning of the season, they have been cruising through their season except for their speed bumps against Tennessee and South Carolina.
Speaking truthfully this will Kentucky's best chance at a championship. As the NBA draft deadlines approach Wall is most likely going to enter the draft and be a successful NBA player. What put's them at number on this list is their drive and their ability to play both sides of the ball.
With Games against Georgia and Florida, Calipari will be preparing his team to go the long haul. Expect to see Kentucky go very far this March.
They may be number 1 now but all that matters is the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden next week. Known for their spectacular zone defense, Kris Joseph and Wesley Johnson lead the Orangemen to one of their best seasons. After having a record crowd in their win versus against Villanova the team will head to Louisville this weekend to finish their season.
Losing their #1 spot to Syracuse, the Kansas Jayhawks did not lose focus entering the highly anticipated game against Kansas State on Wednesday night. It's likely that KSU ranking will be knocked down into the early teens with their devastating loss to #2 Kansas. Beating the wildcats by a score of 82-65 the Jayhawks secured their spot in the Tournament and Big 12 champions. Most likely to be the favorites for the NCAA tournament; will the Jayhawks be able to live up to their hype?
Nobody likes a loser, although they lost to Syracuse and were knocked down to the number 9 spot, the Wildcats stay strong. After their loss to Syracuse, Villanova traveled to Cincinatti, and pulled out a win to keep their tournament hopes alive. Their final game will be a challenging one that will prepare them for the Big East Tournament. They will be playing against the West Virginia Mountaineers who are ranked #8 who just came off a win against Georgetown. For both teams they may be compete against each other in the Big East Tournament along with other ranked teams like Syracuse, Georgetown and Pitt.
5. New Mexico
Teams like Syracuse, Duke and Gonzaga were favored to enter the NCAA tournament since the beginning of the season. Between then and now, last year's championship and second place team both faded from the spotlight while other teams like Kentucky and Syracuse filled in. Meanwhile, the Lobos have been fighting their way up the AP and Coaches poll and as of now have reached the number 10 spot. Despite their spot on the college basketball polls the Lobos are 28-3 and when they arrive at the NCAA tournament they will be the heavy underdogs. Led by Darington Hobson the Lobos are 14-2 within the Mountain West Conference and will most likely face BYU for the conference championship. Because of the likelihood that the Lobos will advance to the tournament, the question changes from whether they will make the tournament to; how long will they last?
Who Will It Be?
Kentucky and Syracuse will be playing against each other in the championship game. Syracuse will collapse late in the game due to John Wall's explosiveness and Demarcus Cousins power. The Syracuse team is still young and will only lose 2 seniors after this season while Kentucky will lose John Wall to the NBA. From the looks of it, we will be seeing Syracuse for a while no matter the outcome of the NCAA Tournament.