Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer
Chuck Burton | Associated Press
With another year comes another March, and with March comes Madness!
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament has begun, and it’s nothing short of a nerve-wreaking great time.
The top seeds of this year’s tournament are star-studded Duke, Virginia, UNC and Gonzaga. These teams are expected to go far in the tournament, and anything outside of a Final 4 berth for them will be seen as an upset. The Blue Devils are the No.1 overall seed and must-watch TV. Analysts have the Blue Devils advancing far because of the talent they possess. However, critics consistently ask the same question: Can you really trust four freshmen with zero postseason experience to win a national championship? This Duke team is easily one of the most talented teams in recent years. Now it’s up to the Blue Devils to play like it.
Second-seeded Kentucky is a young team that has recently put it together. With some quality wins on their resume, the Wildcats also come with some lopsided losses. The Wildcats are capable of beating anyone unless they run into Tennessee, another intriguing No. 2 seed who seems to have Kentucky’s number. The Volunteers are led by upperclassmen Admiral Schofield (16 ppg) and Grant Williams (19ppg).
Seeding isn’t everything in this tournament. Talented teams from non-power-five conferences can be seeded low based on a weaker schedule. These “sleeper teams” or “bracket busters” are the bread and butter of March and really make the NCAA Tournament special.