Kentucky had a great team last season. They went undefeated for 34 straight games, attaining a prestigious record that hasn’t been matched ever since 1976. Now, even with Wisconsin having put the one stain in their record, they’re still looking to do the spectacular. It wouldn’t be surprising if they ended up being victors when all is said and done. After all, they’ve already got a winning formula in their current team setup.
Mid-bubble teams often linger around waiting to be eliminated. However, we’ve got a pretty good feeling that the three teams mentioned may finally get to the surface and establish themselves as forces to be reckoned with in the Sweet 16. After all, these teams have certainly gone out of their way to pull off upsets against much better rooted teams in the past, and it would be nice to see them do so yet again.
Underachievers deserve awards for being able to overcome all adversity. In this case, Maryland’s Terrapins team should get the nod. They always took the 5th seed and ran with it like a freight train that wouldn’t stop until all the opposition was plowed down. They definitely have a great set of players, from Jake Layman to Melo Trimble, who are gods of the backcourt. Despite having a rather mediocre season last year, this team is looking to score big and we’re hoping they do.
There’s bound to be a lot of shock factor to be witnessed by fans and teams alike this year. Baylor will end up facing Yale, Georgia State will capture a victory over any of the big 12 teams that have established legitimate threat in the court and who knows what else. However, a lot of these times will end up surprising a lot of people. Sure, they may not be winning the tournament just yet, but they’re rising to the ranks and establishing themselves as premier players in their own right.
Out of 68 teams, there’s going to be a top killer among them all. You can name names off the top of your head. You can go for North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia or Kansas, but there’s a big chance they’re going to fall by the wayside before the semi-finals could ever take place. Something along the lines of Cincinnati or KU would pull off a major upset.