Kansas Jayhawks Basketball

March Madness Is Here

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 13:  Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks congratulates Sherron Collins #4 after the Jayhawks defeated the Kansas State Wildcats to win the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship on March 13, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jerry HuertaContributor IMarch 15, 2010

As the time for mid-terms near on all the campuses around the nation, exams aren't the only thing on the minds of the student athletes. March madness is finally here and selection Sunday was today. The student athletes around the country were hoping that their team would get selected to the big dance.

After the teams were picked, there were some hopefuls that got denied, such as Virginia Tech. Some hopefuls got selected, such as Utah State. In the end, the right teams got selected, especially the number 1 seeds.

They were Duke, Syracuse, Kansas and Kentucky. These teams have showed their dominance all season long and now they have their sights set on the national championship.

Now, the question is who is going to win it all?

There are going to be upsets like every year, but the number 1 seeds this year are strong. The weakest number 1 seed would be Duke, who is more of a finesse team. If they get matched up with a physical team in the early rounds, it could be an upset.

If Duke gets upset, I could see the remaining number one seeds getting to the final four.

Depending on who Kentucky plays, I could see them next getting upset, especially if they play either Syracuse or Kansas. Kentucky's youth will be a factor in the games leading up to the final four. The bigger factor could be their perimeter shooting, where they had trouble shooting consistently in their game today against Mississippi State. This could ultimately be their downfall.

The remaining two number 1 seeds are the stronger of the four number 1 seeds and should meet each other in the national championship game. Syracuse with their 2-3 zone defense and their experience would be a good matchup against the Jayhawks of Kansas with their experience and talent. 

The Jayhawks have Sherron Collins, who has been there done that when he and the 2008 version of the Jayhawks won the national championship. He and Cole Aldrich make up a powerful one-two punch. Throw in Freshman Xavier Henry and this team has enough talent and experience to win it all.

Syracuse also has a good mixture of experience and talent with their two seniors Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku. They also have Wesley Johnson, an Iowa State transfer who is their most versatile player and also their leading scorer.

Hopefully, Arinze Onuaku comes back before these two teams play. Onuaku injured his quadricep in the quarterfinal game against Georgetown.

Finally, if both these teams are at full strength then the new national champions will be the Kansas Jayhawks because of their experience and Sherron Collins, who is their Mr. Big Shot.

He will hit a big shot in the end and shatter the dreams of the opposition. The headline after the title game will read: The Kansas Jayhawks 2010 National Champions.

 

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