We’ve completed 2 rounds of the NCAA Tournament and we’re still pretty much on track. There haven’t been many surprises so far. With the exception of Arizona, and maybe Purdue, all the teams that are in the Tournament are the top seeds. Of course this makes for great match-ups in the Sweet Sixteen and the great match-ups are virtually assured for the rest of the Tournament.
About a week ago I tool North Carolina, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, and Louisville to advance to the Final Four. I’m certainly sticking with that. I’m also sticking with North Carolina to win it all. Ty Lawson has returned and he should continue to get healthier in these next few days. That’s great news for the Tar Heels and horrible news for the rest of the 15 teams that are left. Lawson makes a huge difference for the Tar Heels. Without Lawson the Tar Heels are a top 10 team easily. With Lawson the Tar Heels are the best team in the country. Of course they might not win it all, but they have to be the favorites.
Two of my other Final Four teams – Louisville and Pitt – have stumbled a bit in the opening rounds of the tournament. Pitt especially came close to losing before pulling away late. However, the name of the game is to win and advance. That’s all that matters. And they have done just that. So they still have to be considered Final Four favorites.
The last team – Connecticut – is playing great basketball right now. They have the weapons to win it all. If and when they play North Carolina it will be a great game. But I think the Huskies will have a tough time matching Lawson. That’s why I like North Carolina. Have I mentioned Lawson is going to be the key?
In the next couple of days we’ll take a closer look at a few of the games coming up on Thursday and Friday.