NCAA Tournament 2010: Power Ranking the 48 Teams Left
With one day of the NCAA Tournament in the books, there's just 48 teams left battling to have their own "One Shining Moment." Here's a look at how the remaining 48 teams stack up after seeing 16 of them win on day one of the tournament.
48. Arkansas Pine-Bluff: The Golden Lions better hope they can keep the Duke game within 40 points.
47. Vermont: The Catamounts' only hope is SU struggles without Arinze Onuaku and Marqus Blakely plays the best game of his life.
46. UCSB: If the Gauchos don't stop Evan Turner, then they are done. Even if they do stop Evan, they are still likely done.
45. Morgan State: The Bears looked like they may be the only 15 seed to knock off a two, but after the Robert Morris performance against Villanova, it looks like Todd Bozeman's team might have company as "quality" 15 seeds.
44. Oakland: The Golden Grizzlies have a great trio of players with Jonathan Jones, Keith Benson, and Derrick Nelson, but those three will have to be at their absolute best to avoid a blowout.
43. Wofford: The Terriers play well enough defensively to give Wisconsin a scare. If Wofford can limit the Badgers offensively, Wofford won't have to execute for 70+ possessions, but rather 55-60 because of the tempo Wisconsin plays at.
42. New Mexico State: The Aggies don't have much of a shot to reach the Sweet 16 as Michigan State and Maryland post matchup problems.
41.Minnesota: The Golden Gophers barely squeaked into the tournament and as a result drew a Xavier team that can beat anybody up on the inside, but is also one of the better three-point shooting teams in the tournament.
40. Houston: The Cougars were projected to finish near the top of Conference USA. They are finally playing like that team and could do damage against a similarly built Maryland team.
39. Utah State: This Aggies club is deadly efficient on the offensive end but struggled against a more athletic New Mexico State club in the WAC Tournament. With a first round game against a major conference club like Texas A&M, points could be hard to come by.
38. Siena: The Saints have already won two consecutive opening round games, and after the selection committee gave them a depleted Purdue team, there's a solid chance Siena could make it three in a row.
37. Cornell: The Big Red are a better team than its 12 seed would suggest. Cornell just didn't have enough chances during the regular season to pick up the quality victories needed to be a single digit seed.
36. Murray State: The Racers looked good against California earlier this year and didn't look too impressive in their other dates on national television against Morgan State and Morehead State. But Murray State stepped up and played balanced basketball, the theme of the season, and MSU took out Vanderbilt with a buzzer beater sure to played in March Madness highlight reels for ages.
35. Washington: The Huskies needed a last second shot to beat Marquette, but even after the shot, Washington is in fairly good shape. New Mexico somewhat predictably struggled with Montana, which means Washington could be able to beat the Lobos with a solid performance Saturday.
34.Ohio: Upsetting Georgetown is one thing. Completely embarrassing the Hoyas is another. Between Ohio's run through the MAC Tournament and its first round win against GTOWN, Ohio has to be considered a serious candidate to reach the Sweet 16.
33. California: Without Omondi Amoke, Cal will play just two real forwards. Louisville doesn't get to the free throw line too well, but if the Cardinals can work Cal into foul trouble, Samardo Samuels will have his way in the paint.
32. Georgia Tech: Raw talent and athleticism has been the calling card of Paul Hewitt teams, but finally this one got over the hump and into the NCAA Tournament.
31. Missouri: The Tigers have stumbled down the stretch, but this team is still very dangerous if their full-court pressure isn't handled well. Missouri turns its opponents on 27.3 percent of their possessions, which is good for third in the country.
30. Old Dominion: The Monarchs beat the Fighting Irish at its own game, but beating Baylor at its own is impossible. Old Dominion doesn't have the size or athleticism to run and gun with the Bears, which means ODU must be methodical with the ball and attack the weak areas of Baylor's zone.
29. Northern Iowa: The Panthers were unable to completely slow down their affair against UNLV, but the tempo slowed enough to allow Northern Iowa to escape with a victory. It looked like UNI would only be effective if it could play a 55-60 possession game, but the Panthers won an average paced game.
28. Clemson: Oliver Purnell's club is practically a carbon copy of Missouri, but with a little more offensive punch. Clemson uses a similar full-court press and turns its opponents 25.1 percent of the time.
27. Louisville: The Cardinals catch a break with Cal suspending one of its few forwards for its opening round game. Louisville poses problems for Duke with its press and three-point shooting. UL might be the nine-seed with the best shot to reach the Sweet 16.
26. Florida State: Even with poor play down the stretch, the Seminoles will be a tough out in the NCAA Tournament because of how good FSU is defensively. Leonard Hamilton's club is first in the nation in points per possession allowed and have the length to disrupt Gonzaga and Syracuse's offensive gameplan.
25. Gonzaga: The Zags don't play much defense and this squad isn't as good offensively as year's past, but the Elite Eight is within reach with Arinze Onuaku's injury and the mayhem ensuing in the 4/5/12/13 pod.
24. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons are one of the best teams in the country in terms of field goal defense, but it was clutch play in overtime that allowed them to come back from an eight point deficit in overtime. They won't provide Kentucky with too much trouble in round two, but UK could struggle knocking down shots.
23. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are a one-man show that can get out of the first round. However, they'll like play Ohio State in the second round. Evan Turner > James Anderson and Ohio State supporting cast > Oklahoma State supporting cast.
22. Saint Mary's: The Gaels have been shooting lights out lately. SMC doesn't play much defense, but neither does Villanova. The Gaels have stronger inside players and capable shooters, which may be enough for SMC to advance to the Sweet 16.
21. Brigham Young: The Cougars needed double overtime to take down Florida, the team most people didn't even project to make the NCAA Tournament field. Even with the struggles, Jimmer Fredette showed March can be his month after dropping 37 points. Kansas State is going to have fun stopping him.
20. Tennessee: The Vols struggled with San Diego State, but remember: This is a team that beat the two top teams in the field, Kansas and Kentucky.
19. Michigan State: The Spartans haven't played the greatest basketball lately, which means this Tom Izzo club may not make the Sweet 16 after reaching the Championship Game last year.
18. New Mexico: Montana is a good team. We know that because of Anthony Johnson and his supporting cast, but the Lobos struggled a bit too much and could be prime for a second round upset that could send a double-digit seed to the Sweet 16.
17. Purdue: No Robbie Hummel means no offense. Just 11 points in the first half against Minnesota is all you need to know about how pungent this offense has become.
16. Texas A&M: The Aggies have to love their draw. While Utah State could be a tough first round game, they would get the winner of Purdue/Siena in the second round followed by perhaps the most beatable one seed: Duke.
15. Butler: The Bulldogs passed their first test in the NCAA Tournament as Butler typically struggles with more athletic teams and UTEP was just that. Brad Stevens' club drained 12 three-pointers (normally a weakness) and had no trouble stopping UTEP. The Miners' biggest weakness has been their offense, and the Bulldogs did not let that weakness become a strength Thursday afternoon.
14. Maryland: The Terrapins should get past Houston and then could draw a Michigan State battling several issues. A return to the Sweet 16 for the Terps is likely this year.
13. Pittsburgh: The Panthers have a very tough draw with Xavier and then potentially Kansas State in the Sweet 16. Both of those teams have the athleticism and the talent to beat Pittsburgh.
12. Xavier: The Musketeers are playing dramatically better basketball since the first two months of the season. This is a team capable of reaching the Elite Eight.
11. Wisconsin: The Badgers are one of the most efficient teams in the country as Bo Ryan's club is in the top 15 in the nation in offensive and defensive efficiency.
10. Baylor: Eventually, Baylor's size and athleticism was going to win out against Sam Houston State. The problem for Scott Drew was that size didn't win out until about 37 minutes into the game. If the Bears play as sluggish as they did against SHSU, then Old Dominion could punish them on Saturday.
9. Villanova: The Wildcats have struggled mightily during the last three weeks of the season and those struggles lasted into overtime against a 15 seed. Robert Morris led most of the game, but eventually Villanova got things together enough to force OT and finally take out Bobby Mo. With a hot Saint Mary's squad looming in the second round, 'Nova could be two and out.
8. Temple: The Owls won the Atlantic 10 Tournament after it looked liked Xavier and Richmond might be hitting their strides down the stretch. Temple is second in the nation against the three-ball and that strength will need to be at its best against Cornell, the nation's leading team from deep.
7. Kansas State: The Wildcats looked pretty darn good against North Texas. Then again, most teams could look good against North Texas. The Wildcats will get a tough test against Brigham Young in the second round.
6. Ohio State: Getting out of the first round should be easy, but the second round could prove difficult because of the matchup problems caused by Georgia Tech's athleticism and length.
5. Duke: Sorry, the selection committee got it wrong. West Virginia has the better resume, and the Mountaineers are playing better basketball. Duke is really good, but the Blue Devils should be behind West Virginia.
4. Syracuse: Without Arinze Onuaku, who will not play Friday and is doubtful for Sunday's second round game, the Orange could struggle to get out of the second round. If he's back for the Sweet 16, the 'Cuse should be able to reach the Final Four.
3. West Virginia: After Villanova's struggles with Robert Morris and Kansas State's slow start vs. North Texas, the Mountaineers should be a little worried they may catch the 15-2 bug since they drew Morgan State, the toughest 15 seed of the bunch.
2. Kansas: Lehigh will eventually be good because C.J. McCollum is Stephen Curry Jr. But McCullom is the only real scoring threat and Zahir Carrington is the only real athlete on this team. The amount of time Kansas struggled with this team is inexcusable.
1. Kentucky: Obliterating the 16 seed on a day where many top seeds struggled to beat the 13, 14, and 15s of the world is a solid way to confirm why the selection committee ranked Kentucky as the second No. 1 seed.
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