As the NCAA Tournament roles around once again we are asked the question:who will win the big dance? Kansas is my pick to win the NCAA Championship and with big leaders like Collins and others leading the way this team will be hard to beat. This team no doubt will be in the Final Four,but anything can happen. Kansas State gave the Jayhawks quite a workout in the Big 12 Championship Game, but I look for Kansas to have no problem in both the first and the second round.
The real test I believe is to come in the Elite Eight when they get paired with Michigan.St,if in fact they do get them. Maryland might beat Michigan.St, but I am putting Maryland on upset alert and taking the Spartans to play Kansas. Now Tennessee is a very good team, but Bruce Perl's Volunteers are not going to get past Georgetown in my opinion. Austin Freeman and Jason Clark are big stars for the Hoyas and I believe this team can make it far, but not until the Sweet Sixteen when they play Ohio State.
Now to get on to Ohio State. This team is filled with talented players, but the star Buckeye on this squad is Evan Turner. Ohio State is one of the nations leaders in shot percentage and they can shoot the 3 ball very well. Their Big Ten Conference Record is 14-4 and in their last twelve games they are 11-1. The Buckeyes are a #2 seed in the tournament and I believe this team could give Kansas a run for their money in the Elite Eight.
Now to get on with the SEC and the team that I think can make it to the NCAA Championship Game. Kentucky is led by their freshmen John Wall is no doubt one of the best players in the country.With his quickness getting to the basket,his strength down low, and his great three point shooting.John Wall is possibly an early pick in this year's NBA Draft. I look for Kentucky to make it all the way to the NCAA Championship game and lose in a close battle to Kansas.
Duke has not been so lucky in the past few times when making it to the tournament and there have been some questions about whether or not the NCAA have made Duke an easy run to get into the final four. I do think however that Duke will beat #8 Seed California and possibly win in a close battle with either Utah.St or Siena in the Sweet Sixteen. Jon Scheyer is one talented player and is a future NBA Star I believe.The big question is Will Duke crumble in the first few rounds or will they play well enough to possibly make it to the Final Four? We will have to see and find out if Duke can resurrect their known tournament crumbles and make a run for yet another NCAA Championship.
There is no doubt in my mind that who ever beats Kentucky in the tournament might be the NCAA National Champion.The question now is can they stop the high powering John Wall? Kansas is a my pick to will it all,but can Duke sneak into the Final Four? This shall be an interesting NCAA Tournament.