By - Kory Kinslow
We have only three teams in the NCAA Tournament this year. I guess I can understand that, as the league may have been not as Nationally recognized this year, but I think there was at least one other team that deserved to be in. I truly believe that South Carolina had a good enough season and had the players to be in. I also feel that Georgia looked very good toward the end of the season. I would have liked to have seen one of these teams in. I know it's probably too much to ask for five teams, but I think that one of those teams should have and deserved to have been in the tournament. That being said we have three very good and too lowly seeded teams. Yes, I believe at least Kentucky and Vanderbilt should have been seeded one to two seeds higher and in my opinion, Texas A&M could have been a two seed.
Vanderbilt has to play an extra game and probably has the toughest road with the least talent. They are a good team with good bigs and they can shoot the ball very well. I think their defense is under rated as well. I believe they will beat Wichita State. I don't think that Wichita State can defend the big men of Vanderbilt. I also think they will be grossly out rebounded. This win will put Vandy playing against Arizona. I believe Arizona to be over rated and I think that Vanderbilt will once again out-shoot and rebound this team. I have them playing and losing to a very good Miami team after this. Miami will be a more athletic team and I just don't think that Vandy will have it in them to run with Miami. I also feel that Miami can rebound better than the previous two opponents.
Texas A&M starts off with Green Bay. No problem here, A&M wins it easily. I have them playing Texas after this and I think their experience and the fact that they have a better coach will sail them right through their arch rival. I have them playing Oklahoma next. I think that Texas A&M has great, not good, but great perimeter defenders and will be able to stop the Oklahoma guards from having a big game. I think Texas A&M will win this by double digits. Duke will come into the elite eight by beating Cincinnati, who I have beating Oregon. Duke is a great team, but I think that once again the defense of A&M will prevail. I really see Texas A&M as being a team that others shouldn't take lightly. I think that Allen of Duke will get frustrated and foul out as Texas A&M makes it's way to the final four.
Kentucky is, apparently, horribly underrated. They should have been a 2 or 3 seed. That being said, it's more ammo for Coach Cal and the Wildcats. They start off with Stony Brook and they will absolutely blow them out. I then have them playing Indiana. Indiana will give them a very tough game, but I think the difference will be the emerging big men of Kentucky and the 'Cats win this one close. I believe they will then play UNC, which could easily be the Championship game if the seeding was done right. I still trust Kentucky's guards and believe that the big men will continue to improve through the tournament. I actually think that they will beat UNC worse than Indiana. I then have them playing against West Virginia. I always look at coaches and believe that Huggins will get his team to the elite eight this year. I think that the bottom part of the bracket is weak and that they can pull that out. I think Kentucky, however, will easily take care of them and go on to the Final Four.
I have a slightly unconventional Final Four. Out of the South I have my surprise team in Maryland. I believe that guard play does a lot in the tournament and they have it. They will play Texas A&M. I believe Kentucky will take on Virginia. This is where I see A&M falling. I think lack of experience in this type of situation will hurt them. I think Kentucky will out last Virginia in a close game. My championship is Maryland and Kentucky. Maryland will hang around for the first ten minutes and then I see the back court of Kentucky wearing them down and the big men begin to take effect. Kentucky will win by ten or more.
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