The NCAA tournament will officially begin on Tuesday when Alabama State and Morehead State face-off in the play in game. The winner will earn a trip to Dayton, Ohio to face overall top seed Louisville in the Midwest bracket on Friday, some prize. North Carolina will join 3 Big East teams at the top of the bracket, Louisville, Pittsburgh and UCONN. All four teams have been dominate throughout the course of the season and were justly rewarded, but will they all meet in Detroit for the Final Four? It’s possible, but not likely. Let’s see how they measure up.
Toughest potential match-up:Big East foe, Villanova beat Pitt in the teams’ only match-up and its up tempo style can potentially give the Panthers a stern test. Villanova is the #3 seed in the East Regional.
Toughest potential match-up: In my opinion, the Tar Heels have the toughest road to the Final Four. Oklahoma, Syracuse and Gonzaga are all in their region and are formidable opponents.
Connecticut Huskies, 27-4: The Huskies are the top seed in the West and perhaps would have been better served as a 2 seed. The Huskies ended the season without starting guard Jerome Dyson and are noticeably weaker with him out of the line up. The Memphis Tigers(31-3) are the best team in this region and will likely meet the Huskies in the Elite 8. Big East co-player of the year, Haseem Thabeet has to raise his game and be a stable force in the middle if the team has a chance to go to Detroit.
Toughest potential match-up: Memphis is the best 2 seed in the tournament and could have been a 1 seed. Evans, Dozier and the gang have a chip on their shoulder and UCONN may be a casualty of their wrath.