As we wind down the college basketball regular season, let’s take a look at some teams that should have your attention come March.
Before we get started, here are some important dates for the NCAA Men‘s D1 Basketball Tournament:
March 15: Selection Sunday
First Four: March 17-18
Round 1: March 19-20
Round 2: March 21-22
Sweet 16: March 26-27
Elite Eight: March 28-29
Final Four: April 4
Championship Game: April 6
Teams to watch
Kansas has been dominating the competition. They’re the #1 ranked team in the nation. The Jayhawks are on a 13-gsme winning streak. They have Kansas State, TCU, and Texas Tech left on the schedule.
KU beat #1 Baylor to take top spot two games ago. They followed that up with an 83-58 beating of OK State.
Udoka Azubuike is averaging a double-double with 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. His 74.4% shooting is the best in the NCAA. Azubuike is a player to watch in the tournament.
Devon Dotson is shooting 46.4% from the field and putting up 17.9 points per game. He’s a shining light on both ends of the court, but his prowess on offense is key to Kansas’ success.
Baylor is coming off a three-point loss to Kansas their last time out. They’re still a strong #2, and an arguable #1 ranked team. Baylor’s only other loss was to Washington in their second game of the season.
The Bears are a well-balanced team. They’re led by
Freddie Gillsepie is a stud. He’s recording 9.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1 steal, and 2.2 blocks per game. He’s accompanied by Jared Butler and MaCio Teague who combine for almost 30 points a night.
Creighton is a quiet killer that could make a splash in March. They have wins over five ranked teams and have avenged losses to Butler and Villanova.
They can end their regular season on an 8-0 tear win wins over St. John’s, Georgetown, and #13 Seton Hall (who they’ve already beaten this season).
Marcus Zegaroswki is scoring 16.1 points on 48% shooting from the field and 40.6% shooting from deep. Ty-Shon Alexander is averaging 16.9 points per game on 43.5% shooting from the field and 40.4% from range.
Michigan is a ranked team, but one I don’t trust. They were streaky all season, but they never seemed to keep their momentum very long.
Zavier Simpson is legit, but he may not be in the tournament long enough to get the needed shine. Then again, look at Ja Morant.
Dayton hasn’t lost a game since an OT loss before Christmas.
Obi Toppin is a G. O-be-toppin the stat sheet every night with his 19.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Marquette’s Markus Howards leads the nation with 27.1 PPG. Marquette is always a live dog in March.
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