Last season, Loyola-Chicago and sister Jean conquered the NCAA tournament as the favorite Cinderella who jolted all the way to the Final Four before losing their glass slipper in the semifinals. While presenting the floor plan of how a middle major can make a deep tournament run, the Ramblers have not made the field this year.
In Campbell (with the amazing Chris Clemons) and Mike Daum and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, we missed some funny teams. But never fear. We will still have fun.
Who can be Loyola-Chicago this season?
The Flames would probably not enter the tournament without the A-Sun tournament. Lipscomb was the tournament's best placed team, but the Flames rattled victoriously against Jacksonville, North Florida and Lipscomb to dance. Former Virginia assistant Richie McKay is in the lead and he is a great coach. The Flames have no really impressive victories in the regular season, but they are in the KenPom top 1
Scottie James leads the team with 13.1 points per game, and he is the type everyone will hate for having committed one of the most dangerous flops of the season . They also made this amazing "One Shining Moment" video:
Liberty faces Mississippi State in the first round and could collide with four-seed Virginia Tech in a clash with 4-seed Virginia Tech.
The Ivy League Tournament Car Bid, Yale took Princeton and Harvard to dance. The Elis defeated Miami and was defeated by Duke (it's okay, Yale, many teams did), but they have a serious offense (# 44 in KenPom). Junior Guard Miye Oni is excellent and can score points (17.6 points per game). Azar Swain joins a 42 percent clip from Three, and the 6-7 Blake Reynolds holds the defense honestly with a 45-percent mark (33 for-73) out of three, and can land inside with an eFG share of 64 Score points.
The Bulldogs face each other in the first round of the LSU in a game that could turn into a super fun track meeting. Their defense is questionable, but Yale can get buckets.
Yale was the last time at the NCAA tournament in 2016, and they defeated Baylor in the first round (which gave us the amazing video of Taurean Prince explaining the rebound ) before entering the second at seven fell on Duke round.
Do not sleep on the monarch. Old Dominion went into the Carrier Dome and gave Syracuse a loss of 68-62 in December, less than a month after dropping the VCU. They crossed the C-USA tournament with a one-point win, a two-point win and a six-point win. ODU face Purdue in the first round, then he saw Villanova.
Look out for BJ Stith, C-USA Player of the Year, who leads the team with 16.9 points per game. If you recognize the name, that's because he's the son of Virginia legend Bryant Stith (and was actually transferred from UVA to ODU … a lot of Virginia ties). Ahmad Caver was also phenomenal with 16.5 points per game, although he is a volume shooter (38 percent from the field, 30 percent from three).
ODU coach Jeff Jones previously trained at the American University and at the University of Virginia (his alma mater). He was an assistant to Terry Holland at UVA for eight years, before becoming the head coach at the age of 29, becoming the youngest head coach in the history of ACC. Jones has fought against prostate cancer, and shaping the postseason was clearly an emotional thing for him and the team.
Bummed for the & # 39; Tops & # 39 ;, but it's impossible not to feel great for Jeff Jones, who brings ODU to the tournament after the announcement Last fall, his prostate cancer had returned.
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TWO WORDS: JA MORANT.
He is at least a lotto tip and could hear his name directly after Zion Williamson. Here's a taste of what he can do:
Morant is pure fun and sportiness and the talent that every game can take on. The Racers do not have really impressive victories in the season, but they hung out with Auburn at the non-conference and came into the race after winning the Ohio Valley Tournament.
Unless otherwise, the game of the first round will be amazing as Morant sets himself apart with Markus Howard of Marquette. Two of the funniest players in the country.
It's a long-range shot that every Eastern team runs a Cinderella while Williamson gets in the way (I think he's a combination of the wicked stepsisters and the stepmother in that analogy, but when they all become a superhuman man that was unbelievably good for basketball), but all the funny Cinderella teams are in the East.
Belmont is a fun choice. The Bruins lost to Murray State at the Ohio Valley Conference tournament and sweated out as a whole. You have to play Temple in one of the play-in games, but that should not be a big deal for the Bruins. KenPom has Belmont's 20th most efficient offense in the country, and Dylan Windler can do anything for the Bruins.