March Madness has arrived! While the NBA is getting ready for the playoffs, the NCAA is kicking into high gear as teams ready themselves for the Big Dance!
The NCAA Basketball Tournament is everything sports fans dream of – an overabundance of exhilarating games with hungry players competing for their chance in the national spotlight.
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Will Villanova repeat as champions? Can projected #1 pick Lonzo Ball carry the Bruins to the Final Four? Who will be this year’s George Mason?
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WHEN DOES WINVIEW’S MARCH MADNESS BEGIN?
9:20 pm ET (4.3.17)
It’s finally here, WinView Nation! After the madness that was March, it’s come down to two #1 seed heavyweights going toe-to-toe for all the marvels. While Gonzaga vs. North Carolina seems like David vs. Goliath on the surface, this is a match-up of two well-balanced, versatile teams that are as motivated as ever. UNC coach Roy Williams is looking for his third national title to cement him as one of the games greatest coaches in college basketball history. Gonzaga, while many probably still view them as lucky to be here, is not here by accident. What I can assure you is that the madness continues for one more night!
6:09 pm ET (4.1.17)
The Final Four is finally here, and it kicks off with the scrappy underdog South Carolina taking on #1 seed Gonzaga. The Zags, who are obviously used to the “dog” role, are in their first final four and have the most talent of any of their prior tournament teams in recent memory. South Carolina, also playing in their first final four, have shocked many after limping into the Dance to begin with. But the Gamecocks, behind coach Frank martin and a tenacious defense have beaten teams like Duke, Baylor, and Florida to make it to Glendale, AZ.
The late game features two teams with contrasting styles. North Carolina, the only team in the Final Four that isn’t new to the party, play an old-school style of basketball that’s, in a way, sort of refreshing. Big man Kennedy Meeks dominated Kentucky in Sunday’s game, and looks to continue that trend on Saturday. Oregon on the other hand, while still a strong rebounding team, rely more on athleticism especially after losing power forward Chris Boucher in the Pac-12 tournament. They’ve embraced the small-ball methodology and its gotten them to this point. The Tarheels have been given the slight edge in this one, being favored by 4.5 points.
2:20 pm ET (3.26.17)
Few expected Florida and South Carolina to be butting heads in a regional final that also featured teams like Villanova and Duke. Given that these are two SEC teams, this looks more like a football game than the Elite 8. The Gamecocks smothered Baylor by 20 on Friday, while Florida just barely got by Wisconsin in an emotional OT thriller won on a buzzer-beater. The Gators have been given a slight edge being favored by 3 points.
In what could be our most anticipated match-up left features two of the most storied programs in NCAA history: UNC and Kentucky. With two coaches in John Calipari and Roy Williams looking to keep padding their already impressive resumes, this one will no question come down to the wire. Kentucky was able to overpower UCLA in the Sweet 16, as North Carolina easily got past Butler.
6:09 pm ET (3.25.17)
Our first Elite 8 game will have two hungry teams. Neither Gonzaga nor Xavier has ever made a Final Four. Although the Zags are used to being labeled as “Cinderellas”, Xavier will be playing that role after their emotional upset of No. 2 seed Arizona on Thursday night. They are surely in for a tough task facing a big, deep, and talented Gonzaga squad whose only loss came to BYU on February 25.
The second Elite 8 match-up features the Oregon Ducks taking on a Kansas squad that has won by an average of 30 points en route to this game. On top of that, the game will be played at the Sprint Center, an hour away from the KU campus. Both teams will be playing small and fast, so expect a ton of points, shots, and an awful lot of excitement in this one.
7:09 pm ET (3.24.17)
Our first game on Friday features top-seeded North Carolina and the scrappy Butler Bulldogs, who look to channel the inner-fire that brought them previous tournament success back when they were coached by Brad Stevens and had current NBA all-star Gordon Hayward. The Tarheels endured a nail-biter the other night against Arkansas, squeaking out a 7-point victory, but some players have said they’re thinking of it as a tool to strengthen them for the stretch run.
The absolute, must-see match-up of the weekend is our final one: UCLA vs. Kentucky. This is the only Sweet 16 game with both teams finishing in the top 10 regular season rankings. Each team is relatively star-studded when it comes to college hoops, with potential lottery picks on both squads, and none more prominent than Lonzo Ball of UCLA and Malik Monk of Kentucky. If this game lives up to the hype, this could be a budding rivalry that will carry onto the NBA for years to come.
7:09 pm ET (3.23.17)
Thursday evening kicks off with 7-seed Michigan vs. the #3-seed Oregon Ducks in Kansas City, MO. Even though the Wolverines are no strangers to going far in the tournament, their motivation and persistence after their publicized plane crash preceding the Big Dance is a compelling storyline. They have an interesting mix of upper and lower classmen who look to be meshing at exactly the right time. The Ducks, on the other hand, did a nice job this season adapting to the rest of the Pac-12 after injuries forced them to go small.
In the second game, Kansas takes on Purdue in a juicy #1 vs. #4 matchup. While the game is technically being played in a neutral site, the arena is 35 miles from Lawrence, KS and the KU campus. So you can bet there will be an awful lot of red and blue in the stands, and even more chants of “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk.” In a hostile environment, the Boilermakers will depend heavily on their big lineup against a quicker, guard-laden Kansas squad.
2:40 pm ET (3.19.17)
Two 30-win teams face off for a spot in the Sweet 16. Even though Wichita State has won 16 in a row, #2 seeded Kentucky is still favored by 4 points.
Following this game, Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans takes on Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks in Tulsa. Even though we could’ve seen this as a Final Four matchup in recent seasons, the #9 seeded Spartans, who are dominated by freshman, are poised to upset Kansas after their first-round victory over Miami.
The late game features Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils against #7 seed South Carolina. The Gamecocks, who were known for winning back-to-back NIT championships in 2005 and 2006, look to go to the Sweet 16 for the first time since the tournament expanded a few years back. Duke on the other hand, are no strangers as tournament teams continue to slim.
9:20 pm ET (3.17.17)
Another 8-9 matchup takes place in Tulsa, as Tom Izzo’s Spartans look to make another deep tournament run against the Hurricanes. Both coaches have some history as they recruited against each other way back in the 1980’s. However, each team finished 1-3 to end the season, and a slight edge has been given to higher seeded Miami to pull this one out.
3:30 pm ET (3.16.17)
The action kicks off Friday at 4:00 pm ET with Minnesota facing off against Middle Tennessee, who has quite a bit of momentum heading into the tourney. Even though they’re a 12-seed, they went 30-4 this season and have almost a 50% chance of upsetting 5-seed Minnesota in the opening round.
Following this game at 6:50pm ET, Xavier will take on Maryland in a juicy 11 vs. 6 matchup. No. 6 seed Maryland has lost six of its past ten games and many are expecting Xavier to pull off the upset in Orlando, a neutral site.
Rounding out the evening will feature 8th seeded Wisconsin vs. #9 seed Virginia Tech, in what will promise to be an entertaining game. The Badgers are a model of consistency as they enter the tourney for the 19th consecutive year, and the Hokies make their first appearance in the Big Dance in 10 years.
We’ll have much more to come and can’t wait to make the Sweet 16 even sweeter next week Thursday, March 23!
– WinView Nation.