The Madness is Back

Madness is in the air and Braketology is the class to take this spring. Time for some Dickie V and his “high fliers,” “diaper dandies,” and “dipsey-do, dunk-a-roo’s.” Time for the office pools and the depression when your Final Four crumbles after the first weekend. Here is a look into the teams and players to keep an eye on when filling in your brackets.

Five Teams to Watch:

See full size image-Syracuse #1 – They earned their top spot with their dominant play in the Big East. Villanova, who will seek revenge for an embarrassing loss a couple weeks ago, isn’t the only team who put a target on the back of the Orangemen.

See full size image-Kansas #2 – The 2008 champions were the preseason favorite and deservedly so. Senior Sherron Collins is averaging 15.3 points per game [PPG].

-Kentucky #3 – Led by freshman John Wall, the Wildcats had the best regular season record in the tough SEC. Winning the conference will only build up more steam for the Tournament.

-Duke #4 – The Blue Devils will hope to win the ACC and ride that momentum into the Tourament. This is the last chance for senior Jon Scheyer for Duke, who hasn’t won since 2001.

-Michigan St. #11 – All five starters were key players on last year’s Finals team. Tournament experience could guide them as they look to make noise against the elite.

Five Players to Watch:

Scottie Reynolds, PG, Villanova


The senior is averaging 18.8 PPG for the #9 Wildcats, who are hoping to get over their late struggles. Reynolds has the ability to change an entire game, especially with his shooting abilities beyond the arc.

Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas

Aldrich is probably the best big man in college. The 6’11” junior is averaging just under-10 rebounds a game. The Jayhawks will need a dominant center to compete for a second title in three years.

John Wall, PG, Kentucky

Wall is the most exciting freshman in college basketball. He’s averaging 17 points per game and has made Kentucky a favorite in the tournament.

Evan Turner, SF, Ohio St.

The most complete player on this list, Turner is averaging 19.5 PPG and has ripped down 9.3 boards. This kid can do it all as he hopes to give the #6 Buckeyes a chance.

Da’Sean Butler, SF, West Virginia

#11 WVU wouldn’t be anywhere without Butler, who has made a name for himself this year. It’s the last hoorah for the senior, who is averaging a solid 17.2 PPG


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