The brackets are out! Selection Sunday was full of many nice seedings and some questionable seedings. As you scramble to fill out your brackets, here are some winners from Selection Sunday to take into consideration. #FSMadness
1) Louisville Cardinals (1st overall seed in the Midwest)
Even though there is no “easiest road” to the Final Four for any #1 seed, Louisville has the best shot out of all the #1 seeds to make the Final Four. After breaking down their region, here is what they have: 1) the weakest #2 seeded team in Duke, 2) only one Big Ten team (Michigan State) which many people regard as the toughest conference in college basketball, and 3) they could play the weakest #1 seed in the Final Four (if both teams make it that far).
I’ll be honest, Louisville is my favorite to cut down the nets on April 8th. The one opponent in their region that I feel could give them a better challenge compared to their seeding is the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks might be a #12 seed, but play like a team seeded higher than that.
2) Michigan State Spartans (3rd-seed in the Midwest)
Staying in the Midwest, the Michigan State Spartans came out as a winner on Selection Sunday. This is because of how many Big Ten teams are in their region…ZERO! Sometimes after playing a long string of games against conference foes, its nice to get a chance to see something different.
No game is a sure-thing in March, but one has to like MSU’s chances on getting to the Elite Eight. More so than Louisville, they could see the weakest #2 seed in the tournament in Duke or Creighton in the Sweet 16. I see a Louisville/Michigan State regional final.
3) VCU Rams (5th-seed in South)
Will the VCU Rams “Shaka” the world in 2013? Hard to say that a 5th seeded team could shock anyone, but VCU could be that team. Looking at their overall path, they have a good chance to make the Sweet 16. First, they cannot overlook the Akron Zips because VCU was a 12th seed last year and beat 5th seeded Wichita State. However, they could possibly play 4th seeded Michigan in their “Third” Round game.
If their is any Big Ten team that is capable of being upset early, it is the Wolverines. When their defense is on, Michigan can beat anybody. However, they are inconsistent. They played amazingly against Michigan State at home, but lost to Penn State on the road. Because of this, I like VCU’s chances on getting to the Sweet 16 this March.
4) Wichita State Shockers (9th-seed in West)
Wichita State had to feel good about being placed in the West region. This is because the #1 seeded team in the region is the Gonzaga Bulldogs. All season, I have believed that Gonzaga is overrated. There’s a good chance that the Shockers could be the team to upset the Bulldogs in the “Third” Round.
Although, they have a tough first opponent in #8 Pittsburgh. This will be a tough game for the Shockers, but they can pull off the “upset.” Wichita State is a very good team and have danced well in the past. When filling out brackets, don’t sleep on the Wichita State Shockers.
5) Miami Hurricanes (2nd-seed in the East)
Even though they did not get Gonzaga, the Miami Hurricanes should still be happy with their seeding and who’s region they were placed into. First off, there does not seem to be a team that could slow down Miami before the Elite Eight. Illinois is inconsistent, Marquette doesn’t shoot the three-pointer well, and Colorado does not play well away from home. Although, Butler could always play “Cinderella” in the tournament.
One thing Miami does well is play defense. They have the top shot-blockers in Julian Gamble and the top two vote-getters in the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year voting: winner Durand Scott and Shane Larkin. If Miami plays Indiana in the Elite Eight, expect the defense by the Hurricanes to keep the Hoosiers in check. Miami has a good chance to continue dancing in April.
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