My bracket has been ROYALLY screwed ever since the first round. You all know what game I’m talking about, when Michigan State (an arguable #1 seed for the tournament) got their butts handed to them by the 15th seed Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. In fact, the Spartans of Michigan State didn’t even lead once that game, which was one of the most surprising part. But, that’s why they call it March Madness. Anything can happen in this tournament, and you just need to expect the unexpected.
Now, we are heading into the closing weekend of the tournament. The weekend where we see some of the “closest” matchups; (closest is use very loosely this year). So what should you expect from this final four? Well let’s take a look;
#10 Syracuse vs. #1 North Carolina: Syracuse is going to get their asses kicked…period. The Orange have had a nice little run while it’s lasted, but the Tar Heels are going to demolish them in their Final Four matchup this Saturday just like they’ve been doing to the rest of the opponents they’ve faced.
North Carolina won all of their games by double-digits since the beginning of the tourney, averaging 89 points per contest throughout the tournament. Having said that, they will win YET AGAIN by double digits on Sunday against a 10 seed like Syracuse. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that the Indiana and Notre Dame games were some-what close at points. But UNC had the ability to close out the game when it meant the most in order to move on to the next round.
If you’ve been reading my articles in the past, I’m normally a person that would give some kind of belief/life to the idea that the other team has a chance. But in this situation, I do not see that happening AT ALL! Syracuse has been playing with a chip on their shoulder after all the negative comments from fans and the media about how they should not have been there. But a “chip” is not going to get them past a juggernaut of a program like North Carolina. Honestly, if Michigan State actually played like Michigan State should have, Syracuse wouldn’t have even made it out of the second round; let alone to the Final Four.
In the end, I have the Tar Heels moving on to the National Championship, winning by a score of 76-62.
#2 Villanova vs. #2 Oklahoma: If you had to choose, and you want to watch a close ball game this weekend, then this would be the one for you. Villanova and Oklahoma have been playing some amazing basketball recently, and this game has all the makings of a classic Final Four matchup.
Villanova has been playing some stellar basketball as of late; averaging 82 points on 55% shooting from the field; not to mention their great defense where they’ve only given up 63 points per game. Defense is going to be one of the key factors to ‘Novas success, as most of the offense for the Sooners has gone through Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield. If they can stop Buddy, then the Wildcats should have this game on lock! But, that’s easier said than done.
Buddy Hield, Buddy Hield, Buddy Hield! So far this tournament it has been the “Buddy Hield Show,” with Hield averaging 29.3 points per game over his span of four tournament games. In fact, Hield has scored about 36% of the Sooners TOTAL points throughout the first four games. For Oklahoma to have a chance against Villanova, they are going to need to have the whole squad contributing greatly to the cause. It can’t just be the “Buddy Show” when playing against a hot-shooting team like Villanova.
In the end, I am a fan of Buddy Hield, and I really want to see him succeed. But, I think the defense of Villanova will keep him in check and stop the “Sooner Schooner” in it’s tracks; winning 65-60.