What an NCAA Tournament so far!Two of the four one seeds are out.Two of the four two seeds have been eliminated.
What has made this NCAA Tournament CRAZY?
Cinderalla of the Tournament?Maybe Not
Loyola Chicago has been this years’ cinderella story by beating Miami and then beating Tennessee.Loyola beat those two teams bya combined two points.When you really think about it though,Loyal Chicago is not a cinderella story-really-they went to Gainesville and knocked of Florida,and are a great team on both sides of the ball.They will meet Nevada after Nevada came from behind twenty-two points to upset two-seed Cincinnati.
Two Seeds Out
As I just mentioned,seven-seeded Nevada came back from twenty-two points to beat two seed Cincinnati.Another seven seed,Texas A&M,cruised to a victory over veteran-led and two-seeded North Carolina,86-65.Duke and Purdue,the other two,two seeds are still in,though.
Wait a minute…There are one seed(s) out too?
Yes.The biggest upset of all-time happened in the Round of sixty-four this past Friday night when sixteen-seed UMBC defeated number one overall seed Virginia seventy-four to fifty-four.UMBC did not just beat Virginia-they crushed them.UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County) became the first sixteen seed to beat a one seed in the round of sixty-four,just to lose a fifty to forty-three score game to undermanned and nine-seeded Kansas State.Xavier lost in the round of thirty-two when nine-seeded Florida State made a mini comeback to defeat Xavier 75-70.Kansas and Villanova,the other two one seeds are still in,though.
Here’s how the bracket looks right now
South Region:5.Kentucky vs. 9.Kansas State,7.Nevada vs. 11.Loyola-Chicago
East Region:1.Villanova vs. 5.West Virginia,2.Purdue vs. 3.Texas Tech
West Region:4.Gonzaga vs. 9.Florida State,3.Michigan vs. 7.Texas A&M
Midwest Region:1.Kansas vs. 5.Clemson,2.Duke vs. 11.Syracuse
Now that number one overall seed Virginia got upset by UMBC.This is the first time ever a sixteen seed has beaten a number one seed.So here are a couple teams who could win it all:
(These teams are in no order)
1.(1 Seed) Villanova Wildcats
Villanova won the Big East Tournament and is now in the Sweet Sixteen,as right now they lead Alabama 81-58,so I think they are safely in.They’ve got two stars in Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges and they play well on both sides of the ball as a one seed.
2.(1 Seed) Kansas Jayhawks
Two Senior Guards lead the team,and one of them is star Devonte Graham who has played great this season.They play great defensively, and have one of the best coaches in Bill Self.
3.(1 Seed) Xavier Musketeers
They are the last one seed left and are called “The weakest number one seed” but they’ve got a star in Trevon Bluiett who can flat out play.They were the Big East regular season champs and will most likley make it to the West regional final.
4.(2 Seed) North Carolina Tar Heels
A two seed with ten losses, blew out fifteen seed Lipscomb yesterday.They’ve got expierenced talent like Guards Joel Berry and Cameron Johnson and Forwards Theo Pinson and Luke Maye.If the ‘Heels make it to Final Four it will be a record twenty-one times and counting and if they make the championship it will be three times in a row.
5.(2 Seed) Duke Blue Devils
Led by Senior Guard Grayson Allen and Freshman sensation Marvin Bagley,this team will probably make a deep run in the tourney.Coach K and the Blue Devils will win their first championship since 2014 if they make it that far.
Other favorites:Michigan State (3),Cincinnati (2), Tennessee (3), Purdue (2), Michigan (3)
Champ week is this week…Duke-Carolina number three in the ACC Tournament Semifinals,no,that is not what I’m talking about today.Why didn’t Arkansas big man Daniel Gafford not win co-SEC Freshman of the year along with Alabama Guard Collin Sexton and Kentucky Forward Kevin Knox?
No,I’m not being biast,this guy shot up the draft boards as Arkansas has won seven out of their last nine games and Gafford is a main reason for it (And Macon,and Barford both All-SEC First Teamers).Plus Sexton and Knox are both great players.The hogs started 2-4 in SEC play and finished 8-4 to close it (Thanks SEC Country for that stat).Gafford was once somebody nobody even thought of to be a first round pick and then shot up draft boards.The best game of his career was just a week ago Tuesday,as Gafford put up twenty-one points and added ten rebounds and added seven blocks,maybe Gaffords biggest trademark.Gafford averages two and a half blocks per game,above six rebounds and twelve points and he is almost a lottery pick like Sexton and Knox may not eeven be a lottery pick.He has insane stats so why wasn’t Gafford recognized?We will never know but Daniel Gafford is definitley a great player no matter what.
Nope not Duke,not Carolina,not Kansas,not Villanova.Nope.My early pick to win the NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship is Virginia.
The Cavaliers have one of the best defenses any of us have ever seen and dominated the ACC during the regular season,aside from one defeat at the hands of Virginia Tech in stunning fashion.Because of their good… sorry great defense means that they only have to put up sixty-five points per game.They should get to the Final Four in easy fashion and they’ve got some good offensive players even if their defense is the best in years.If they dominate in the ACC Tournament and ride it in to the NCAAs,there is almost no reason why the Virginia Cavaliers should not win the whole thing in early April.
I know… I should be studying right now but I decided to make a quick preview of North Carolina and Duke number two.
The Tar Heels and the Blue Devils will meet for the second time this season on Saturday night,live from Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham,North Carolina.North Carolina ha won seven out of their last eight games after a three point loss to Miami on Tuesday night.That snapped the Tar Heels’ seven game winning streak,but the Tar Heels still sit pretty at number nine in the country and a 22-8 overall record and 11-6 in the ACC.Duke has also just lost a game,a loss in stunning fashion to Virginia Tech on Monday night.They did get their superstar back, Freshman big man Marvin Bagley the third,but he still wasn’t enough to lead the Blue Devils past the Hokies.Duke Guard Grayson Allen had starred in Bagley’s absence but went back to subpar play in the loss.If the Tar Heels beat Duke,meaning a sweep of the season series,then they will get the two seed in the ACC Tournament next week but if Duke wins,they get the nod to play as the number two seed.Remember the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils,82-78, in Chapel Hill back in early February.So the stage is set for the best rivalry in college basketball,9.UNC at. 5.Duke.
Sorry I missed a college basketball Saturday review.It is life.I had to take one off.To make up for it,I will do a college basketball news post with the conference championship week less than a week away.
Shaquille O’Neal’s son,and five-star recruit Shareef O’Neal has verbally committed to UCLA after decommiting from Arizona after the scandal involving Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller.
A couple of weeks ago,Villanova snagged five-star Point Guard Jahvon Quinerly.
Quinerly decommitted from Arizona a couple of months ago.
The top player in Georgia,Ashton Hagans has decommitted from Georgia,his AAU coach said Monday.Hagans is also reclassifying to 2018 class from the 2019 class.
The best rivalry in colleg basketball is back on Saturday as 5.Duke was upset by Virginia Tech last night but that doesn’t take away from their rivalry rematch with the number nine-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels who the Blue Devils will look to get revonge on Saturday.The Tar Heels beat 82-78,the when they played back in February.
Kansas,24-6 (13-4) in the Big 12 has now clinched their fourteenth straight regular season Big 12 Championship.Kansas was trailing Texas Tech last week but then got a game ahead of the Red Raiders and then beat Texas Tech last Saturday.Kansas locked up the regular season trophy after a win over Texas on Monday night.
Conference Championship Week is less than a week away and all of these conference tournaments will give each team its NCAA Tournament fate meaning its seed line or if the team will be in the tourney or not.
I know.Its been awhile.I haven’t talked about my home state Razorbacks in awhile.
Arkansas earned their first 2019 football commitment today.Following his visit,2019 Defensive Lineman,Trevor Hopper made his commitment to Arkansas.
Arkansas basketball is 20-9 (9-7) in the SEC after winning seven of their last eight games.The Razorbacks just beat Alabama on Saturday night,76-73,with Senior Guard Daryl Macon leading them in scoring.Arkansas will play SEC-leader and number twelve-ranked Auburn and Missouri to close out the season.
Thank you to ESPN’s articlehttp://www.espn.com/college-football/insider/story/_/id/22440336/georgia-bulldogs-clemson-tigers-lead-quarterback-future-power-rankings and Flemlo Raps,a youtuber who just came up with a video similar to my blog post for the post idea.
Who will win Georgia’s Quarterback battle?Will it be Jake Fromm who led Georgia from a play way to win the National Championship or the consensus number one overall player in the country,Justin Fields a dual-threat with loads of potential.I mean why redshirt a guy with Fields’s talent?Jake Fromm has proven,though,that he is a winner.He took the starting job from a former five-star in Jacob Eason and then led the team to the National Championship,and almost won it.Justin Fields is one of the best athletes at the Quarterback position that we’ve seen at the high school level.Jake Fromm was the star of the first season of “QB1 Beyond the Lights” and Fields will be the star of season two.I mean,injuries could definitely happen and we have yet to see “Spring Ball”,so my pick is Jake Fromm who is a proven winner at the collegiate level.
I know guys.I haven’t blogged about college football in a while.Remember when I said that most of my posts would be about college football?Well,that’s changed.Change is common.It’s college basketball season but I thought I do a college football blog about once a week.No more questions of the day now that I’m blogging on just one website.
Cam Akers was a highly-touted five star athlete out of Mississippi.He could play anything from QB to Running Back and even Defensive Back sometimes.His best position though was Running Back and he chose Florida State over instate Ole Miss and various other power five programs.Cam Akers and the Seminoles were National Championship contenders and ranked number three in the nation to begin the season.That soon changed after 1.Alabama blew the numen-three ranked Seminoles out,24-7.Florida State QB Deondre Francois was knocked down hard during the game resulting in his Francois’ only season action.Francois was done for the season.After the season Head Coach Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M.This all leads up to Cam Akers who was expected to be a superstar in his first season in Tallahassee but that didn’t happen.He rushed for 1,024 yards.He was a star not a super-star.Can he rush for 2,000 yards?With Willie Taggart at the helm as the new Head Coach I think he can.Akers has the pieces around him to do it.Akers will be an NFL prospect for the 2020 NFL draft after having rushed for over two thousand five hundred yards this season.So essentially,Is Cam Akers rushing for one hundred yards,over or under?Over.
Yesterday in college basketball,13.Kansas beat 20.West Virginia headed by a surge in the second half.3.Villanova cruised past 4.Xavier,95-79,and 14.North Carolina is playing the best basketball of any team in the country.
10.Auburn was upset by South Carolina a team on the bottom-half of the SEC,Alabama fell to Kentucky,Missouri lost to LSU, and Arkansas beat 21.Texas A&M, and Alabama fell to 24.Kentucky setting up a third place tie in the SEC between Arkansas,Alabama,and Missouri.
3.Villanova shot forty-seven percent from deep,having shot only shooting twenty-three percent in their lost couple of games in their 95-79 win over 4.Xavier.
13.Kansas shot thirty-five free throws to 20.West Virginia’s two in a second-half surge for 13.Kansas.13.Kansas beat 20.West Virginia 77-69.
14.North Carolina cruised to a victory over Louisville,having won five straight games.The Tar Heels were led by Joel Berry’s twenty-three points.