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March 14th, 2017
Why North Carolina Makes it to the Final Four
With big names like Kansas and Louisville headlining the Midwest, they quickly stand out as potential victors of his quarter of the bracket. However, three underdog conference tournament winners are all rolling and dangerous with Iowa State, Rhode Island, and Michigan ready to try to continue their runs. Oregon and Purdue are chalked full of talent and experience to boot. Vermont and Nevada are teams that are tough draws despite double digit seeds, and even in a down year, Tom Izzo’s teams are always dangerous.
Why Gonzaga makes it to the Final Four:
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If I had a vote, Josh Hart would get it for National Player of the Year. He's been that good all season long for arguably the best team in the nation. His shooting line of 51/41/75 is unbelievable for a guard with his type of usage and he owns a Top 15 PER. He's the best player on this team and will be what gets them to or keeps them from getting to a second straight Final Four.
The 2016 NBA Draft saw only 5 juniors drafted, though it should be noted that all of them have played in the NBA at some point this season. While the crop of juniors potentially eligible for this year's draft does not really jump off of the page, there are potentially some important role players and those who could carve out respectable careers. Here are the top junior prospects that NBA franchises should be looking to add to the fold.
Class of 2018 Junior Rankings
Conference tournament time is officially here. At the time this is being written, seven NCAA Tournament tickets have been punched with more to come this evening as the West Coast, Summit and Horizon league's will all crown a Champion this evening. For teams on this list, this next week won't be about battling for a NCAA Tournament bid, but rather battling for seeding as there are still #1 seeds on the line as well as battles for which region teams want to be in as they look to play as close to home as possible.
The third annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp took place in New Orleans over All Star Weekend putting some of the top young international talent on display.
Despite a few of the headliners Silvio De Sousa, Simi Shittu, and Charles Bassey not being able to participate, there were quite a few quality prospects to track for the future, attracting numerous GMs and scouts to get a first look.
Not a lot of movement at the top as the big dogs are still slicing their way towards #1 seeds. We are starting to see a few familiar faces make their way up in the rankings this week as teams are rounding in to form for their runs in March.
With just a handful of games left for each team before conference tournaments begin, "March Madness" looks like it has begun a week or so early with the way teams are getting after it in hopes of locking up seeding, or in some cases, a tournament spot.