It is finally that time of year again. March Madness is nearly upon us, with teams preparing to fight for the right to be crowned National Champion. Will a Cinderella story team win it all like No. 7 UConn did last year or, will a heavily favored team win, such as the undefeated University of Kentucky? Only time will tell.
Many people are of the opinion that upsets are ripe to occur, as some teams are ranked rather lowly, considering how well they have done this year. One such team is No. 3 University of Notre Dame, which went 29-5 this season. Despite not having the star-power of other top teams, the Fighting Irish showed their mettle on a national stage just the other day, dispatching then No. 2 Duke University, 74-64. I think that they have the ability to play above their rank, and make their way to the Final Four, though I am unsure how they will fare against such powerhouses as University of Kentucky and Villanova University.
Another team that I will be watching is No. 7 Wichita State University. They’re another team that lacks much star power, but have proved themselves to be a resilient force. Though they did have a rather weak schedule, the Shockers did defeat No. 10 Northern Iowa toward the end of the season, showing that they have what it takes to compete with some of the top teams. I think that Wichita State has the ability to make it deep into the tournament, but how they fare against more talented teams will dictate how far they can go.
Personally, I think that the National Championship will boil down to a matchup of No. 1 seeds. I feel that it will come down to Kentucky and Villanova, with the Villanova Wildcats coming away as the winners. Though Kentucky is a talented team, with leading scorer Aaron Harrison dominating the way, I think that they will be unable to stand up to Villanova’s two current best players, guards Ryan Arcidiacono and Josh Hart. March Madness begins this Thursday, so if you haven’t done so already, fill out your brackets and make your picks. Keep an eye out for upsets this year, as I think that many can and will occur.