March Madness Is Set

16 03 2009
Gerald Henderson and Duke could be making an appearance at the Garden in the Sweet 16. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Gerald Henderson and Duke could be making an appearance at the Garden in the Sweet 16. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By: Brendan Tyman

At last, the college basketball world is down to 65 Division I teams in the infamous NCAA Tournament that will begin on Thursday.

Three of the four top seeds are from the Big East Conference (Louisville, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut). The other number 1 seed is North Carolina (out of the Atlantic Coast Conference), who was considered one of the most dominant squads early in the season before falling off against some conference opponents.

Brackets are being made and there could be some interesting Cinderella stories this year. One crew to watch is Virginia Commonwealth, who is led by guard Eric Maynor. If you remember, he hit the game-winning basket against Duke two years ago. They play the sixth-seeded UCLA Bruins in the opening round on Thursday night.

UConn and Memphis should be able to play each other in the Elite Eight because the West bracket is not stacked. Meanwhile, the Midwest side presents many challenges for Louisville. West Virginia is a very tough  team in the sixth spot and they could be scary for the higher ranked clubs.

The most disappointed team today should be St. Mary’s as they were a Patrick Mills injury away from overcoming Gonzaga. Instead, they have to compete in the NIT, but they were being compared to Davidson. Mills was the point guard on the Australian group in the Olympics last summer blowing by Chris Paul

As Dick Vitale would say, “these next few weeks will be awesome baby! “

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