College Football is officially over and in a few weeks the NFL playoffs will end; it’s officially time to start watching college basketball and prepare and hope that you finally create the perfect bracket. So let the madness commence.
Duke Blue Devils: Let’s get this out of the way first. Nobody wants to play the Duke Blue Devils. Whether it’s Zion’s posters, Cam Reddish’s game winners or RJ Barrett’s all around athleticism; this is the most complete team in the country. They have the most blocks in the country and are the third highest scoring team in the country. There is a reason they are the odds on favorite to win the whole thing. When you have three lottery picks on one team, you can call yourself the best in the country.
Virginia Cavaliers: The first 1-seed to ever lose to a 16th seed. I haven’t forgotten and I know Virginia hasn’t as well. If Duke is the most complete team in the country, Virginia is the second most. I think all the talk after last years embarrassing loss to UMBC has fuelled this team. Virginia is still a defensive force like it always is leading the country in scoring defense, but the major thing is they are a better offensive team this year. Just look at their most recent game against #9 Virginia Tech. UVA scored 80 points while limiting Virginia Tech to 59. A good offense with a great defense and an itch for revenge.
Florida Gators: Florida might be the best 9-7 team in the country. This is a tough and gritty team. They are 11th in scoring defense and this is thanks to their ability to switch 1-5 in a man on man scheme. They don’t have the shooters nor the leaders they have had on prior teams, but if Jalen Hudson and Kevaughn Allen can find their shooting stroke, this team could be a bracket buster if it sneaks into the tourney.
St. Johns Red Storm: St.Johns has the best player nobody is talking about and that is Shamorie Ponds. Ponds is a first round talent and is the focus of the offense for the Red Storm. He can score in bunches and plays with a chip on his shoulder. While Ponds could’ve declared for the NBA draft last year, he returned and St.Johns is a much better team because of it. Ponds plays his best on the biggest stage and there is no bigger stage than March.