Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Syracuse Region Preview

This region is supposedly stacked. Is it just me, because I just don't really see it. North Carolina can win the region, and Florida could give them a run, while Villanova is hot. But Connecticut is in the lower part of the bracket, along with an overrated Kansas team that everyone is high on. Anyway, North Carolina is definitely the most talented team in the country, and has the potential to make a title run.

Favorite: North Carolina. Nearly everyone and their third cousin have the Tar Heels getting to the Elite Eight, and most have them going to the Final Four/Championship Game. Raymond Felton is a premier point guard and Rashad McCants, when healthy, is as great of an offensive talent as there is in the game. Sean May is the best post player in the country and Jawad Williams is ridiculously versatile.

Other Contenders: Connecticut, Florida. Don't give me Kansas. When's the last time they played defense? Moving on to serious teams, Connecticut is one of the hottest teams in the country, save for a loss to Syracuse in the Big East tournament. Marcus Williams is the best point guard in the region, and the Huskies' frontcourt is better than some NBA teams. Florida is also hot. Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh provide perimeter scoring, and David Lee is the man on the inside. The best part about the Gators, however, is that they are playing great defense and rebounding well.

Sleepers: Villanova. Not much room for serious sleepers in this bracket. Villanova could make a run because of their guards in Allan Ray and Randy Foye. Both are great one on one players, and Curtis Sumpter is tough to guard as a 6-7 forward.

Mid-Majors to Watch: New Mexico, Northern Iowa. New Mexico may have the best player in the tournament, outside of the Top 3 seeded teams, Danny Granger. He can carry the Lobos to a win or two. Northern Iowa is trying to prove they belong in the tournament. Ben Jacobsen leads a balanced team.

Top Five Players:
1. Sean May, North Carolina
2. Wayne Simien, Kansas
3. Danny Granger, New Mexico
4. Marcus Williams, Connecticut
5. Curtis Stinson, Iowa State

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