Duke Blue Devils. Syracuse Orange. Arizona Wildcats. Florida Gators.
When in comes to college basketball, all of these teams have something in common for me: a potential Final Four meeting between each other in North Texas.
That’s the possibility that all four of these national powerhouse teams have gained and lost many games to conference and non-conference foes but that doesn’t take away the fact that they all have found their momentum right at the perfect time during the season.
My team to pick to win for this year’s NCAA Final Four has to be the Blue Devils at Duke University. Out of these four teams that I brought up, the Blue Devils has a great chance of getting to the Final Four and winning it all:
Duke Blue Devils
- They have 4 seniors who have the experience from last year’s team (No. 7 ranked nationally) and Coach Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to four NCAA Championships, 11 Final Fours, 12 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season titles, and 13 ACC Tournament championships .
- Tyler Thornton, Andre Hawkins (seniors), Jabari Parker (freshman), Rodney Hood (sophomore) and Quinn Cook (junior) make up a good starting five for Coach K.
- The Blue Devils have the ACC Freshman of the Year with Parker, who has been their most consistent scorer and putting up impressive numbers as a first-year starter in Duke history.
The most common predictors for the NCAA basketball tournament for me has been whether or not the team has been consistent throughout the season of pulling through with tough wins away from home. All the games will be held mostly on neutral courts and the environment will be different for many players who have never been in a big tournament during April. This is the stage where “true champions” grind out a hard win against opponents that they have to compete against.
This year’s potential March Madness tournament teams have always surprised many college basketball insiders and analysts because in the game of basketball it’s definitely hard to determine who will win because one team can have one bad game and ruin their chances of coveting the champion of NCAA basketball. I am the type to root for the “under dogs” every year because who doesn’t love to see a smaller program defeat a Goliath-like caliber team every once in awhile?