Ohio State Buckeyes
The number one college team in the country is also the overall number one of this tournament as well. They bring to the table one of the most complete teams in college basketball with a legitimate inside threat in rookie Jared Sullinger and great guard play with Jon Diebler and William Buford. Expectations are high for this squad but they have all the pieces to meet them.
Connecticut sports one of the most exciting players in college hoops, Kemba Walker, but after him, there’s not much that stands out on this squad. Thanks to the stellar play of Walker, this team won five straight to win the Big East Tournament and will need a similar effort if they hope to advance deep in the tournament. While you can never count this squad out, you have to wonder how much energy they still have left in the tank.
Brigham Young Cougars
Speaking of exciting players, how about that Jimmer Fredette? Fredette is the sparkplug of this team and knows how to bring it in important situations. Unfortunately, like Conneticut, he doesn’t have much help and is in even more dire straights since BYU’s leading rebounder, Brandon Davis, was kicked off the team. While this team will more than likely not make it out of the early rounds, they will be exciting to watch as Fredette is one of the most dynamic players in this years tournament.
Vanderbilt is one of the most inconsistent teams in this years tournament. In one hand, they have beaten teams like North Carolina, Marquette and Kentucky, yet in another, they closed the season by losing four of seven. This type on Jekyll-Hyde play means anything can happen once the ball is tipped. This could be a team that makes some noise or one that’s gone in round one.
You just never know.
Speaking of inconsistent play, what do we make of this Badgers team? This is a squad that beat Ohio State but also one that put up only 33 points against Penn State in the Big Ten tourney opener. They are talented enough to make some noise but has been exposed in the past by teams that put the ball up a ton. If they bring their A game, this is one of the most dangerous teams in this tourney.