Yes, it’s fun to talk about Cinderella teams, but what’s actually more interesting is talking about the teams that have lived up to the pre-tournament billing.
While it was surprising to see two number two seeds get the boot in the first round, it much more fascinating to talk about the fact that no team ranked number one has had any competition.
So the question is, which five of the top teams is going to continue to roll and why?
The day after selection Sunday, Vegas had the Gators’ odds of winning the tournament at 3-1. In other words, they were pretty much picked to win it. Arizona was the next closest at 6-1. While Florida only beat 16 seed Albany by 12, they thumped Pittsburgh by 15 in a game that wasn’t even as close as the lopsided score indicates.
While they are only 7-1 favorites to win it, if they can win convincingly against four seed UCLA, they should regain the slight momentum they lost in Vegas.
The Cavaliers came in as a number one seed and haven’t disappointed. They almost beat Memphis by 20 and outscored Costal Carolina by 16 in the second half after a slow start that left them trailing the 16 seed by five at the half.
While Michigan State may be the toughest team any number one or two seed will play this weekend, if they can advance, Virginia is going to make alot of other teams very nervous.
The number one seed Wildcats beat the tar out of Gonzaga. They outscored the Bulldogs by 13 in the first half and 10 in the second for a 23 point pounding of a Gonzaga team that came in with only three more losses than Arizona.
The Wildcats should put away San Diego State University — a team that only had to play North Dakota State and New Mexico State to get this far, — but odds are they are going to end up playing Wisconsin, the only number two seed left that still has a number one alive in their division.
That should be a great game.
They are a number two seed, but the idea that Wichita State ever deserved to be a one seed is ridiculous. Michigan coasted through the first round and walked all over Texas to get to the Sweet Sixteen. They play Tennessee next. The Volunteers are one of the two lowest seeds remaining, so the Wolverines should put them away with relative ease.
That means they will probably run into Louisville in the Elite Eight, if the Cardinals can put away a pesky eight seen in Kentucky. If that happens, look out! Michigan vs. Louisville could end up being the game of the tournament!
Yea, they are a four seed, but odds makers in Vegas has them tied with Florida to win it all at 7-1. They are flat-out rolling and they may have the best coach left in the tournament, like Patino or not. If you are anyone else on any other team, you don’t want to run into a Louisville team that is gaining momentum.
Louisville is out for blood.