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March 16th, 2015
The Midwest Region was the landing spot for the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, and with that, they become the region to watch. Kentucky or the field? Karl Towns, and company have plenty of quality teams to face up against to reach the Final 4. Maryland put together a great season, during their maiden voyage as members of the Big 10, Notre Dame is hot after beating Duke and UNC in route to the ACC Tournament Championship, and Kansas has played one of the toughest schedules in the country and are looking for revenge after a November beat down.
March Madness is upon us! With the tourney field set, we can begin preparing to be shocked by the latest NCAA Tournament Cinderella. We are also beginning to get a clearer picture of the major players for the 2015 Draft, as well as players to watch for future years. Here we highlight some of the top prospects to watch for in the postseason.
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The 68-team bracket for the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships – aka “the NCAA Tournament” – was unveiled on CBS Television Sunday evening.
So, on first glance, what are the chances of anyone toppling the Kentucky Wildcats on their way to a national championship and 40-0 record as the first unbeaten college hoops team in 39 years?
The Nike Hoop Summit will take place April 11th in Portland Oregon. European based scout Halil Can Pelister gave us a glimpse at an impressive World Team roster. It has a lot of intriguing talent, headlined by Australians Ben Simmons and Thon Maker, as well as Mali's Cheick Diallo, Haitian Skal Labissiere and Canada's Jamal Murray making a return appearance. Here is a look at the World Team's roster:
Not many would have predicted that Emmanuel Mudiay would come back to play again. But he made a playoff comeback and was even the hero in Game 3. Down 0-2 to the Beijing Ducks, the Guangdong Tigers felt like they needed to make a change. Bringing back Mudiay to replace a disappointing Jeff Adrian gave them an interesting backcourt with Mudiay and Will Bynum.
The appetizers before the entrée – conference tournaments leading into Sunday evening’s announcement of the 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket – will be served over most of the next seven days.
Besides filling its batch of 37 at-large bids, the selection committee must also pick the top four seeds.
Kentucky, naturally, is a lock for the No. 1 overall seed, with Duke, Virginia, Villanova and Wisconsin in contention for the others.
The final week of the regular season, prior to going full-bore “conference tournament mode”, offers some keen matchups in terms of impacting regular-season conference winners and – more importantly – tourney bracket seedings.
Among those conferences with critical games this week is the Atlantic Coast Conference, where No. 3-ranked Virginia will take its two-game lead into road games against Syracuse (Monday) and Louisville (Saturday).
There are just a couple of weeks to go before we delve into full-tilt conference tournament time.
And there a bunch of games on tap this week that will go a long way towards deciding regular-season titles and setting the seeds for some of those tournaments.
Tuesday provides a particularly busy night of action.
The Big Ten’s two best teams, No. 5 Wisconsin and 15 Maryland hook up in College Park.