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Removing MSU, who ya got winning it all? I would go Indiana. Get out of the big ten and watch that offense go, meanwhile they are tougher for having played all year in the big ten. I think they are a cut above the rest, behind them is the ultimate free for all.
PS spare me the need to see the matchups argument. That is key for picking games, but not the champion. The best team doesnt lose because of a matchup, they lose because they had a bad day, or they were not the best.
This post was edited by WalterSobchak19 13 months ago
Removing MSU? Indiana.
Louisville. Experience, guards, has recovered from its skid, schematic edge with a press most teams haven't seen, and one of the best tourney coaches ever.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
This is a really difficult year to pick since it's so wide open. Any of the top Big Ten teams could realistically win it, and it wouldn't even surprise me if a mid-major like VCU or Saint Louis wins it.
I also got Louisville. Guys who know how to win in the dance, are well-coached and relentless defensively. I really hope we don't end up in their bracket.
I still think a team like Arizona is going to surprise people.
Yes they have some bad losses, but none of that matters in March.
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I will keep a closer eye on louisville. Usually I immediately discount every big east team as that sub par conference survives only on the espn and east coast hype machine.
If the tourney started tomorrow there would be a huge number of teams and fans who would miss the games.
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I HATE duke but I think they have a good shot at winning with Ryan Kelly back in their lineup. They're a completely different team with him and haven't lost yet with him. That being said, I hope they are the last team that ends up winning it
Ya, Duke could do some damage. I generally feel like some team will out tough them along the way. Doesnt always happen obviously. I still think Indiana would easily outscore them on a neutral court
I'll take Louisville too. Really quick guards that make that press awfully tough to deal with plus a shot blocker at the rim. They're gonna be really hard to score on come tourney time
Bob gets it.
They're still pretty soft inside, but if they avoid playing a team like MSU, they could make a big run.
Eff Duke though.
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If you're leaving out MSU, my top four, in order:
Ohio State, Louisville, Duke, Kansas
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I think MSU is one of the few teams who has a good inside presence...a lot of guards and soft, shooting oriented big men seem to be the trend for some reason. They just don't make em like they used to no mo
Winner!! It was a trick question, you cant remove MSU. Shame on all of you...and you call yourselves spartans...
Jk but I still like the answer.
Duke or Louisville. When there isn't a dominant team I think it's wise to bet on experience or the coach. UL has experience, Duke has coach K. Beilein, Crean, Larunga (Miami guy), and others don't have the tournament experience/success.
Jim Larranaga coached George Mason to the Final Four, beating some pretty good teams along the way.
Larranaga is also 3-0 vs Tom Izzo. Granted, only 1 is in the dance, but if you play Izzo more than once, and are undefeated against, props to you.
Duke. I think they have some tough matchups which kind of works both for them and against them, but they have Coach K and the refs love them.
Right, and Crean went once with Marquette. One run doesn't compare to other guys like K, Pitino, or Izzo if he was in this discussion.
I originally thought IU because they can outscore anyone, but after delving deeper, their defense is suspect, and they don't have a ton of experience (3 tourney games). I may go out with Louisville - ton of experience, good coach, good players, great press. Duke is up there, as with Kelly they're unguardable, but the rest of the team can disappear. KU would be up there as they have the experience, but their scoring can be so terrible. O$U has defense and a star, and experience.
Kansas... They've figured out their issues, and Bill Self has proven he's a hell of a Tournament coach
Gotta love senior laden teams like Miami and Kansas and Lou. I think a team like Florida can roll to the final four if it gets a good draw as well. I'll go Kansas to win it all. Elijah Johnson is really turning it up.
Kansas, Louisville, Indiana and Duke in that order. The last two I think can go out with bad shooting nights. Kansas and Louisville can win in a variety of different ways. If Kansas can just avoid that standard Pre-Sweet 16 upset that trips them up constantly, they'll go far. Not totally sold on their PG Tharpe yet, though.
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