AAAAAHHHHH......... March Madness. The nail-biters, the stunning upsets, and the everlasting moments. I see a few teams who could surprise everyone and advance deeper into the tourney than expected.
But who knows? After all, it's MARCH BABY! A favorite winning is about as reliable as, well, nothing. When the Tourney begins, there's no telling what's going to happen.
Houston, as you may know, has a dynamite scorer named Aubrey Coleman. The Cougar unit as a whole is scoring-friendly. They square off against a very good Maryland team that is coming off a loss against Georgia Tech in their first game in the ACC tournament.
If Maryland is too caught up on the past, this could be a trap game. If they were to advance, the Cougars would most likely face a Michigan State team who has not been scoring so much as of late. (Sorry about the photo from three years ago).
In my opinion, Cornell got snubbed big time in their tourney seeding. They had an impressive record of 27-4 and three of those losses were to Syracuse, Kansas, and Seton Hall.
They even feature two nice looking wins against St. Johns and Alabama. If you look closely at this matchup, you can see Cornell lost a heart breaker at Kansas while Temple got throttled at home against the same Kansas squad.
A win over Wisconsin and an advancement to the Sweet 16 is not out of the question for the Big Red.
Florida is a team who I am extremely high on. They have all of the weapons in the world to beat any team in the country on a given night.
Erving Walker and Chandler Parsons are straight up sharp shooters, Kenny Boyton can really score the ball, and the inside trio of Alex Tyus, Vernon Macklin, and Dan Werner could be pretty intimidating.
They could slip past BYU because they are simply a more talented all around team. I love them going up against K-State because I think the Wildcats are one of the most overrated teams in America.
I think the Aggies got the best draw they could have asked for. They start off with a lousy Utah State team who they should beat easily.
Then, they play either a Robbi Hummel-less Purdue team or a Siena squad that is not as good as they were last year.
Assuming they make it through the first two rounds, they ace either Duke, who can't seem to advance deep as of late, or a Louisville team who I think will beat Duke.
The Aggies' size will carry them to the Elite Elite Eight. How's that for a bold prediction?
This is a team who I am extremely high on. The inside-outside duo of Derrick Caracter and Randy Culpepper is perhaps the most underrated in the country.
Culpepper can score in different ways and Caracter is a big bodied center who is a great rebound/putback man.
They have a great first round matchup against Butler. Butler gives up tons of size. For example, UTEP's power forward is Caracter, who is 6'9" and 275 lbs., while Gordon Hayward is 6'8" and just 200 pounds and change.
That's what I call a size differential. In the second round, they would probably face Vandy, who can size up to the Miners, but I have a strong feeling UTEP will pull off another upset. (I know that's not a Utep pic but it's Derrick Caracter from when he went to louisville)
If you thought my other picks were risky, wait 'til you see this one. Louisville may be a nine seed, but they have the talent of a four or five.
The first round will be no problem for them as they face Cal. After all, Cal is from the Pac-10.
In the second round I love their matchup against Duke. Considering the recent showing in the tourney by Duke, I feel they won't reach the sweet 16 because they're going to have to face Louisville.
Louisville is big and strong with Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings inside. They will out-muscle Brian Zoubeck and Lance Thomas and own the paint.
Plus, Edgar Sosa is playing some great basketball all year. Oh and did I mention they beat Syracuse twice??
Nuff said. (Sorry about no pictures in the last two slides; my computer is not letting me get any right now).