You can argue the sport college basketball is experiencing a downturn in popularity, but there is no denying that once the the brackets are unveiled, the sport takes center stage. (Official NCAA Bracket)
SiriusXM College Sports Nation has been on the basketball beat since the season tipped off, and from the Selection Sunday Special through the regular lineup of shows, has spoken to several coaches who are busy preparing their teams for the tournament.
Wichita State drew the top seed in the Midwest Region, which most pundits have called the toughest of the four. The team has yet to taste defeat this season and Mark Packer spoke to the coach of the 34-0 Shockers, Gregg Marshall.
Villanova fell from what many perceived to be a surefire number one seed to a second seed in the East Region after falling to Seton Hall in their first game of the Big East Tournament. Coach Jay Wright was disappointed with how that tournament played out but doesn’t believe it will have much of an affect come NCAA Tournament time.
Moving now to the South Region, the always entertaining Jim Boeheim of Syracuse joined Packer and former Vermont head coach Tom Brennan to talk about the balance within the brackets.
Boeheim’s Orange are seeded third in the South, a region loaded with some of the most tradition-laded programs in college basketball history.
The West Region of the tournament includes one of the better stories of the season thus far: Tim Miles is in his second season as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a team that has made the tournament only seven times in its history and has yet to even win a game. None of that matters to Coach Miles.
If you’ve tried your hand at filling out a bracket for this year’s tournament, you already know how tight some of these match-ups are. Some will say it is because of parity; others will say it’s because the talent pool is diminished with so many players electing to head to the NBA after their freshman season. No matter the case, we should be in store for one of the most competitive tournaments in quite some time.
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