The time is here! The most anticipated week of March that the whole nation looks forward to every single year, March Madness! College basketball players dream of this moment before even coming to college.
The four number one seeds for this years tournament include: Kentucky, Villanova, Duke, and Wisconsin. Four strong teams that have proved themselves worthy of number one seeds. Kentucky is the one seed for the Midwest. Wisconsin is the number one seed for the West bracket. Villanova is the one seed for the East bracket. Duke is the one seed for the South bracket.
The four number two seeds are: Kansas, Arizona, Virginia, and Gonzaga. These four teams were predictable number one seeds at one point, but a few losses here and there dropped them to the lower end of the bracket. Kansas is the two seed for the Midwest bracket. Arizona is the two seed for the West bracket. Virginia is the two seed for the East. Gonzaga, unlike other teams being close to home, they are the two seed for the South bracket.
I have the one and two seeds in each bracket playing in their selected bracket finals. Except in the South bracket, I have number three seed Iowa State defeating Gonzaga to play in bracket final. My Elite Eight consists of Kentucky vs. Kansas, Wisconsin vs. Arizona, Villanova vs. Virginia, and Duke vs. Iowa State.
This is a pretty predictable Elite Eight as long as each team plays their best each and every game. As they move to the Final Four here are my match-ups Kentucky vs. Arizona and Virginia vs. Duke.
My national championship will be the matchup most predicted at the beginning of the season. Two of the top coaches to ever coach college basketball will face each other. John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski have prepped their teams the entire season for this. Both teams consist of top NBA draft picks over the next few years and many former McDonald’s All Americans.
The battle of Justise Winslow, Amile Jefferson, and Jahlil Okafor versus Kentucky’s frontcourt will be the focus of this game. Whichever frontcourt can outplay the other frontcourt will win the National Championship.
Unfortunately, like most will predict, I have Kentucky defeating Duke in a tight high scoring game. Kentucky (80) Duke (77) is the outcome I have for the game. The game will come down to which guards can handle the pressure and not turn the ball over in last few minutes.
Good luck to each team as they start a new journey and live to fight another day!