I say it will be all Big East. They let their players "play," and their players are big.
I see a UCONN vs. PITT in the final. Blair is a stud.
One ACC team makes the final eight. None to the final four, unless B.C. or UNC.
Boston College is not going to the Final Four. They might not even make the tournament. Did you mean WF? Also, "none to the final four, unless..." Bold prediction
The best teams in the country right now are UCONN, UNC, and Pitt. One of these teams will win the whole thing. Oklahoma is good, but I don't think they will go to the Final Four.
Please tell me this is some sort of level.
I mean every man is entitled to his own opinion. But...come on.
BC lost to Harvard and St. Louis. If they had lost to UNC by 1, no one would even consider them a bubble team. They're not going to the final four.
I thought Wake might be a final four team, but if they can't start making threes, they won't be. Oklahoma's probably the best bet behind U-con, unc, and pitt, although the weakness of the big 12 might be making them seem better than they are.
As Coach K has often said, "We don't have to be better, we just have to be better on that day." Given that the Devils have been victims of more than their share of upsets in recent years--I think the Devils will get hot in March with a barrage of threes unlike the tournament has ever seen and blow the competition out of the water making our beloved Blue Devils even more hated by some than they are now. Ever seen a grown Beaker cry? GTHC! (and take Wake there while you're at it)
GO DUKE! GTHC!
Duke in the final four is still very possible. But they're going to have to figure out their offense.
As much as the loss to UNC sucks, and it does, it really doesn't say too much about what will happen in March. I look across the country and see only a few teams that I would expect Duke struggle against on a neutral court. They would be:
Also, I don't think there is another team playing better than Villanova right now, but that might just be a hot streak. (Which is all it takes come march.)
I would like Duke's chances against just about any other team in the country. Sure, there are match up issues with a lot of teams, but Duke has enough skill and heart to compete with 99% of the competition out there.
I find it weird when people say with certainty that Duke can't make the Final Four with this team. As we know stranger things happen all the time in the tourney. Remember the Georgia Tech team that made the final - that was not a great team. Jarret Jack was very good, but the team as a whole did not eclipse this Duke squad in terms of skill or heart. Neither did the Arizona team that won it all in '98. Sure, you can debate those all you want, but there is no set formula for getting to the final four. It can happen. And this Duke team can get there if they play hard, smart, and focused ball.
Still a very good season and I am as big a Duke fan as ever.
I think the rest of the season will determine how much stock I put in Duke come tournament time. They get one more shot at Wake and UNC and they'll probably face at least one of them again in the ACC tourney (and maybe Clemson). Winning 2 of 3 against good teams would renew my confidence in this team.
I maintain that the road to the national championship runs through the Big East. By that I mean that either a Big East team will win, or a team from another conference will have to defeat at least 2 Big East powers to get there.
If the top seeds hold, UNC is in excellent position. They will, at best, share their regional with the 3rd place Big East team (Villanova). I think that particular matchup works in the Heels' favor. That's not to say that they won't stumble, to Nova or another team, but that their part of the bracket won't look so imposing.
Oklahoma is in a similar position. In all likelihood, either they or the 2nd place Big East team will be shipped out West. There was brief announcer discussion about bracketing the NCAA tournament with more respect to geography and economy -- it will be interesting to see if this makes the West Regional look significantly less difficult than the others.
I really like Pitt. They are tough and well suited for some March Madness.
If we want to play in Greensboro in the NCAA Tourney, we had better go 5-2 in the last 7 games and we must beat Wake. What's bad about winning those 5 is that only 2 are at home. Point guard play had better pick up quickly. Especially on the ball defense.Go Duke!
UCLA is improving. Their coach knows how to get to the FF having done so the last 3 years, and their AD heads (or is on) the tournament committee, so they will probably have the easiest road.
UCONN just looks sick right now. Thabeet is a beast.
UNC & UCONN should be in ... not sure of the other 2- I just don't see anyone jumping out at me yet. I see Pitt tripping somewhere along the way. Oklahoma- nope, don't see that.
So nobody sees the MSU spartan or Lville cardinal sneaking in the backdoor? Couple of tourney tested coaches in both cases......
Even though the 'Ville got run tonight, they are still a dangerous outfit.