As we rapidly approach The 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Here are the teams that I believe will make the most “noise” in the next couple of weeks.
Favorites to WIN it all:
1. Kentucky – Anthony Davis is a “beast” in the paint and with the clutch play of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Kentucky is one of the “best” teams in college basketball today along with Syracuse.
Strength – Depth Weakness – Experience
2. Syracuse – Scoop Jardine, Fab Melo & Dion Walters lead a tough squad that has dominated their opponents for most of this season. Their rugged play is a staple of coach Boeheim’s greatness.
Strength – Toughness Weakness – Half-court offense
3. North Carolina – The Tarheels have a starting lineup that I can see playing on the next level. Coach Williams has the experience to lead his team to another championship this season.
Strength – Experience Weakness – Outside Shooting
4. Kansas – Thomas Robinson is a “Man” on the court. Tyshawn Taylor is a quick guard who can get the rack at will. Can the Jayhawks prove that they can compete with the likes of UNC, Syracuse and Kentucky?
Strength – Inside/Outside threats Weakness – Depth
5. Missouri – This guard heavy team has the right ingredients to win it all, but can the Tigers be able to win with having only one strong post player?
Strength – Guard play Weakness – Lack of post players
6. Duke: Strength – Outside shooting Weakness – Post play
7. Ohio State: Strength – Experience Weakness – Bench play
8. Marquette: Strength – Inside / Outside scoring Weakness – Rebounding
9. Michigan State: Strength – Toughness Weakness – Balance scoring
10. Baylor: Strength – Athleticism Weakness – Rebounding
Here are the teams that I think will mess up your bracket this year.
1. Indiana – Has beaten Kentucky, Michigan & Michigan State this year.
Strength – Scoring Weakness – Rebounding
2. Florida State – Beat UNC by 33 points earlier this season.
Strength – Toughness Weakness – Scoring
3. UNLV – Has beaten two top-twenty teams this season.
Strength – Guard play Weakness – Big game experience
4. Wisconsin – Beat Ohio State, Indiana and Ilinois this year.
Strength – Defense Weakness – Scoring
5. Florida – Has three perimeter players who can light it up (Beal, Boynton & Walker)
Strength – Perimeter play Weakness – Inconsistency
Here are some “small” schools that I think could send a “major” team home early in the tournament.
1. Harvard: Strength – Coaching Weakness – Rebounding
2. VCU: Strength – Experience Weakness – Shooting
3. Creighton: Strength – Scoring Weakness – Rebounding
4. Murray State: Strength – Guard play Weakness – Shooting
5. Detroit: Strength – Scoring Weakness – Rebounding
I am sure that crazed college basketball fans like myself are anxious to see how the drama of “March Madness” plays out this year. Fill out your brackets carefully!
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Written by Mark Cook