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How is this team only 23-10? They have an unbelievably deep roster full of talent and athleticism. 10 players contribute more than 15 minutes of playing time per game. Isiah Thomas, now a Junior, is a joy to watch and has already cemented his legacy at Washington with previous tournament performances and a buzzer beater to beat Arizona in the conference championship game last week.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning might be the best English college basketball player since Luol Deng played for Duke. They score 83.5 ppg, good for 3rd in the country. They rebound the basketball well. This is a team full of athletes. However, losses to sub-.500 teams Stanford, Oregon State, and Oregon make me question this team. Perhaps, it's the defense. Somehow they've managed to lose ten games this year, and that's why they're a 7 seed.
Bracket Prediction: I'm sold on this team as my dark horse. Washington to the final four. They will beat the red hot Tar Heels, Syracuse, and the tournament-favorite Buckeyes along the way. Could they lose in the first round? Am I crazy? Yes...but only when I forget my meds.