Current Atlantic 10 programs have produced some exciting March Madness moments over the past decade including Dayton’s Elite Eight run in 2014 as an 11 seed, George Mason’s Final Four run in 2006 as an 11 seed and VCUs Final Four run in 2011 as you guessed it…an 11 seed.
Sophomore guard Dwayne Bacon and Florida State are on a major roll to open the season as they look to keep padding their resume with a home game tonight against Duke in Tallahassee.
Let’s take a look at the conference that gave us one of the top early round upsets in the NCAA Tournament last season…the Sun Belt. With Arkansas Little Rock appearing to be down a bit from last season’s 30-win campaign, there are no shortage of contenders for the new crown including a Texas-Arlington squad that pulled off an upset in December of previous unbeaten and 21st ranked St. Mary’s.
Vic Law and Northwestern are in desperate need for a big conference road win when the Wildcats travel to hot Nebraska today. After missing last season with a shoulder injury, Law has returned and provided Northwestern with solid point production the team lost when Tre Demps graduated.
20 teams down and 12 to go. The NFL playoffs begin today and only eight teams have a legitimate chance to win it all. Out of those eight, we’re going to go with Atlanta to win their first Super Bowl. Why? Because this is clearly the best team they’ve ever fielded in the history of their program. That’s why.
After a slow start to the season, Tom Izzo and Michigan State appear to be climbing back to respectability having won 7 of 8 including their first three conference games. They even have super frosh Miles Bridges back from injury. The Spartans will look for their eighth straight win against Penn State today. I’m confident they’ll get it done.
Two of the top teams in the Horizon League match-up tonight when Valparaiso hosts Oakland. Both teams combined for 53 wins last season but failed to win the NCAA bid that went to Green Bay.
Johnathan Motley and the second-ranked Baylor Bears look for their 14th straight win to start the season when they host Iowa State tonight in a Big 12 match-up in Waco, Texas. If Baylor can keep playing with the same passion and determination the rest of the season they’ll not only put an end to the 12-year conference reign by Kansas, but they’ll make a Final Four appearance for the first time since…
A huge opportunity for the Clemson Tigers program takes place this week. And I’m not speaking about the football team. That’s right. Clemson Tigers basketball is on the rise and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament looks likely if they can keep up their winning ways later tonight when mighty North Carolina comes to town.
With back-to-back program changing wins over Syracuse and Butler, St. John’s is ahead of schedule in Year 2 of the Chris Mullin rebuild. Watch out for the Red Storm now as they are beginning to learn how to execute and play together. Keep in mind their top three players consist of a transfer and a pair of talented freshmen. If the team is truly ready to take a big step…