Matty Brackets Update – 11/20/17

Bracketology:

East:

  1. Duke vs. 16. Hofstra / Manhattan
  2. Nova vs. 15. Wagner
  3. Florida vs. 14. Harvard
  4. Xavier vs. 13. Belmont
  5. Cincy vs. 12. Middle Tenn.
  6. Bama vs. 11. UConn / Rhode Island
  7. Texas A&M vs. 10. TCU
  8. UCLA vs. 9. Texas

West:

  1. Zona vs. 16. Portland St.
  2. UNC vs. 15. Colgate
  3. WVU vs. 14. Grand Canyon
  4. Seton Hall vs. 13. SF Austin
  5. Minnesota vs. 12. Valpo
  6. Gonzaga vs. 11. Michigan
  7. Baylor vs. 10. Boston College
  8. Northwestern vs. 9. St. John’s

Midwest:

  1. Kansas vs. 16. LBST / Buffalo
  2. Michigan St. vs. 15. Jackson St.
  3. USC vs. 14. Mercer
  4. Louisville vs. 13. Western Illinois
  5. Virginia vs. 12. Oakland
  6. Texas Tech vs. 11. Michigan
  7. Oregon vs. 10. Butler
  8. Colorado vs. 9. Wisconsin

South:

  1. Notre Dame vs. 16. Liberty
  2. Wichita St. vs. 15. NC A&T
  3. Kentucky vs. 14. Georgia Southern
  4. Purdue vs. 13. FGCU
  5. Miami vs. 12. Vermont
  6. St. Mary’s vs. 11. Boise St. / Missouri
  7. Creighton vs. 10. Cuse
  8. South Carolina vs. 9. Nevada

So How About the New Faces?

The college basketball season is almost here and coaches are trying their hardest to
finalize rosters with returning players and new recruits.

Last year did not go how plenty of college basketball fanatics thought it would.  Duke and
Michigan State weren’t their usual dominating selves, Gonzaga went from a small school in Spokane, Washington to losing in the championship to one of the top programs in all of college basketball, and South Carolina proved the world wrong based on commitment and family.  Looking forward to the 17-18 season, the recruitment class is one to remember.  With the urge to recreate dominance and rebuild success, teams all around the country are trying to grab their hands of this years top high school players.

BIGGEST IMPACT THIS YEAR: DUKE
Duke lost double threat Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard, as well as Harry Giles. Stuck
in the sea with not a true team to work with other than tripping king Grayson Allen, Coach K went out and made sure he brought in the best and only the best.  He and his staff went out and signed FOUR of the top ten recruits from this year’s class.  I repeat, FOUR.  PF Marvin Bagley III, PF Wendell Carter, PG Trevon Duval, and SG Gary Trent Jr. With Marvin Bagley III reclassifying to play this year, Duke is hungry for another deep run into March and perhaps a 2nd title in four years.

OTHER NOTICEABLE SIGNINGS:
● Michael Porter Jr. will be playing at Mizzou with his father hoping to resurrect the lost hope in basketball for the Tigers.
● After losing 7’0 tank Lauri Markkanen, Arizona went out and signed another 7’0 tank,
DeAndre Ayton, hoping to fill right into the missing shoes of Markkanen.
● Mohamed Bamba will be playing for the Longhorns, who will be trying to get passed the first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011.
● Point Guard Collin Sexton will be a part of the Crimson Tide planning to bring a new
SEC team into the mix during March.
● PF Jaren Jackson will be working with Tom Izzo who desperately wants to forget last
year’s mishap.
● Sharpshooter Kevin Knox is bringing his style to Lexington alongside Coach Cal. (Maybe he can teach Drake how to shoot a jumper?)

Following a heartbreaking March for many fans and destroying almost the entire nation’s brackets within the first two rounds, the big dogs are ready to make their powerful campaigns deep this season with their new, updated, fresh starting fives.

NCAAMReview Preseason Top 25

  1. Arizona
  2. Duke
  3. UNC
  4. Kansas
  5. Wichita State
  6. Kentucky
  7. Louisville
  8. Villanova
  9. Gonzaga
  10. Michigan State
  11. West Virginia
  12. Florida
  13. UCLA
  14. Baylor
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Oregon
  18. Butler
  19. Virginia
  20. Purdue
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Miami
  23. Maryland
  24. South Carolina
  25. Michigan

Additional Votes: Creighton, Northwestern, St. Mary’s, Texas, Florida State, Michigan, VCU, Marquette, SMU, Dayton, Seton Hall, USC, Virginia Tech, BYU, Xavier

SEC Poised to Take Over College Basketball

Collin Speicher, NCAAMReview Author

With college basketball right around the corner, teams are starting to prepare themselves for the 2017-18 season. Coming away from last season’s March Madness, there are new faces that we should keep an eye on, particularly in the SEC.

As always, the juggernaut in the SEC is Kentucky. Constantly bringing in Top 50 recruits is one of Coach John Calipari’s top talents, but recently they haven’t paid off. The Wildcats have not reached the National Championship since 2014, and haven’t brought the title home since 2012. Coach Cal and fellow Kentucky fans are hoping that this is the year of the Wildcat.

With renewed talent, Florida is a team to keep an eye on. After a solid season, the Gators reached the Elite Eight before losing to SEC foe, South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gators ended the season on a promising entrance to this year’s calendar and have plenty to prove.

Speaking of South Carolina, they are this year’s Dark Horse in the SEC. Shocking the entire nation, Frank Martin led his team to the Final Four with his team focused on attitude and defense. Although their star shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell is off to the NBA, the Gamecocks are relying on forward Chris Silva and their young players to continue the motivation from last year and make some noise in the 2017-18 season.

Bubble Team: Arkansas. Following a low-key season with not too much attention, the Razorbacks squeaked into the NCAA Tournament as an 8th seed. After defeating first round favorite Seton Hall, Arkansas gave the reigning champions North Carolina a run for their money. With more eyes on them this year, the Razorbacks must show the nation that last year was no Cinderella team and that they can compete with the top dogs in the SEC.

Wishing for the good ole’ days: Tennessee. After a disappointing start to the season last year, the Volunteers continued their struggles and fell off the radar. They just finished their Europe trip going 3-0 and Coach Barnes is trying to prove that his team still has it in them this season.

As always, the SEC is a Conference that doesn’t receive as much attention as the ACC or Big Ten, but teams always find a way to make some noise in March.  This season may be a little different, as Kentucky and Florida are two teams on everyone’s radar.  There’s still a while to go until college basketball starts back up, but it isn’t too early to start preparing for the season.