Aside from the obvious teams to watch: North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan State, and Kansas. Here are some other teams that could create some waves and alter a few brackets. #Bracketology
- Maryland: The team is 25-8 and five of those losses have come from their last eight games. So why should we watch this team? Guard Melo Trimble shot no better than 25% in the 5 losses and no better than 50% in the month. There is no way a prime time player like himself will allow that to happen in these big games. If by some chance it does, senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon is no stranger to big games. Sulaimon who spent the better half of his career at Duke is primed to have a big tournament. There are too many scorers on this Maryland team for other teams to focus on one player. The team’s starting five are all double digit scorers and the team gives up an average of 66 ppg. With that being said, so long as they play defense they have an easy schedule ahead of them facing South Dakota in the first round and possibly Cal in the second round if they happen to get past Hawaii.
- Duke: The reason for this pick is simple. Coach K. The man is possibly the greatest college coach ever next to John Wooden. Discipline is key when it comes tourney time because any small mistake could mean a big disappointment. This plays right in to Duke’s hands as Coach K is known for his team’s discipline and holding every player accountable. Grayson Allen averages just south of 22 ppg and is as tough nosed on defense as they come. Along with Allen, there is the standout freshman Brandon Ingram who is extremely versatile and could get other team’s big men in trouble. The freshman can stretch the defense out to the three and is wiry enough to handle the ball and get points in the paint. Look out for Duke who could see themselves reaching the Final Four as the West Region seems to look like the weakest region.
3. Arizona: This Arizona team can really fill up the scoreboard and can play lock down defense. Gabe York and Kaleb Tarczewski have plenty of experience in the tournament and are both having a phenomenal season. The paint is a no go area when Tarczewski is down there and with him averaging nearly a double double, teams may need to rotate frequently to stop the bleeding. The main reason why we should watch the Cats is to watch freshman Allonzo Trier. He is a stud when it comes to offense with his NBA skill set and will likely depart after the season. The kid will likely make some noise at the next level and we could be watching the beginning of a great career for this young man.