With Selection Sunday less than 3 weeks away, I thought it would be a good idea to look into the top teams to try to figure out who will be rewarded the #1 seeds in each bracket. So each day this week, I will be putting up a short summary of each team’s top players, remaining schedule, and other projections.
Kentucky | Syracuse |
Remaining opponents: South Florida, UConn, #17 Louisville
Prediction: They should be able to handle the first two with ease, just as they have throughout the season. They already beat the Huskies by 18 points a few weeks back. Their toughest competition is going to be Louisville, who they beat by 1 point last week, and could have easily lost if Louisville didn’t turn the ball over with 2 seconds left. However, this time, the Orange are home. Marquette is 2nd in the Big East, sitting two games behind Syracuse so they should have a number one seed when playoff time comes around.
Senior Kris Joseph (from Canada?) is averaging exactly 14.0 PPG and 4.8 RPG. He is 6”7 and uses his length to his advantage. He also averages 30.9 minutes per game which is the most on the team by far. The next closes is C.J. Fair at 26.9.
Sophomore Dion Waiters throws in 12.0 PPG himself, and adds 2.2 RPG and 2.7 APG to go along with it. Plus, he only plays 23.6 minutes per game.
Junior Brandon Triche is a 6”4 Guard who scores 9.4 PPG and shoots 86% from the free throw line.
Sophomore C.J. Fair is a 6”8 Forward from Baltimore that puts in 9.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG and is second in minutes per game with 26.9.
Senior Scoop Jardine adds 8.7 PPG and 5 assists per game.
Fab Melo, the 7 footer from Brazil, adds 7.9 PPG and 5.5 RPG to the Orange’s artillery.
They are a strong team that knows how to win games. I see them as a sure-fire #1 seed when Selection Sunday comes. Their only loss came against Notre Dame, exactly a month ago today. Notre Dame has also beaten teams such as Marquette and Louisville.