It’s finally here! This day in my opinion the most exciting sports day of the year, it’s the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. There’s tons of information and predictions out there on who to pick and which schools might be giant killers. I’ve compiled a list of the best info I’ve read over the past fews days since the brackets were announced.
- There always seems to be at least one if not two 12 over 5 seed upsets in the tournament. ESPN provides an in-depth look with Breaking down the 5 vs. 12 matchup. I like Arkansas-Little Rock’s chances for the upset over Purdue, their head coach brings it STRONG in the locker room.
This season has been full of upsets, so bracket builders and pundits alike are expecting plenty in this tournament. But one first-round matchup is infamously perilous for the earlier seed every year: the dreaded 5-seed vs. 12-seed matchup. From 2008 to 2014, No. 12 seeds actually had a winning record, taking 15 of 28 matchups.
- Could this be the year a 16 seed finally beats a 1 seed? 16 seeds are a combined 0-124 since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985…yikes.
- Thursday has some intriguing matchups, here’s a quick read with predictions from three former college head coaches Seth Greenberg, Fran Fraschilla and Dan Dakich in Coaching breakdown: Thursday’s first-round matchups (ESPN Insider).
- Want to read up on the top players in the tournament? Check out Jeff Eisenberg’s list 68 best players in this year’s NCAA Tournament. In my opinion the best player (and shooter) in the tournament is Oklahoma guard, Buddy Hield.
2. Buddy Hield, G, Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s smiling assassin is college basketball’s most lethal scorer. He averages 25.0 points per game and his 3-point percentage has actually dipped to 46.4. In an epic triple-overtime loss to Kansas this season, he had 46 points on 23 shots.
- For College Football fans, here’s a fun article by ESPN about the best basketball player on each Top 25 football team.
- I enjoy bold predictions and these certainly seem BOLD, here’s an article from ESPN on 10 bold NCAA tournament predictions: North Carolina won’t last the first weekend. Chaos would ensue if North Carolina makes an early exit and a most brackets would certainly be busted.
- For an overview of Thursday’s first round games, here’s Sports Illustrated’s NCAA tournament viewing guide: What, when and where to watch Day 1
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