With the NCAA seeds all sorted out and the first round match-ups laid out, it’s time to start filling out those brackets and laying down some bets. This year sees four great No. 1 seed teams in the mix, including The Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, Syracuse Orange, and The Duke Blue Devils, expect nothing less than a tournament full of excitement, drama, and upsets. Down below are my predictions on how the No.1 seeds will make out on the road to the National Championship.
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2010 March Madness Predictions for #1 Seeds:
Kansas Jayhawks (+200 = $20 bet to win championship would pay out $60 at Sportsbook.com) – The Jayhawks have been absolutely dominant this year playing great basketball at both ends of the court. The Jayhawks 32-2 record and seventh Big 12 Tournament Title, which they captured with a dominating performance over Kansas State on Saturday, is good for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Leading the way for the Jayhawks this year is Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich who have championship experience and know what it takes to win games in the big tournament. Kansas is a huge favorite in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, where they are set to face the No.16 seed Lehigh Mountain Hawks (22-10) Thursday night in Oklahoma City. Look for the Jayhawks experience and shooting to carry them past their Midwest opponents and get them into the Final Four. The Jayhawks are my favorite to cut down the mesh at this year’s National Championship, and bring home their second title in three years.
Kentucky Wildcats (+300 = $20 bet to win championship would pay out $80 at Sportsbook.com) – The super-freshmen trio of big man DeMarcus Cousins, guard Eric Bledsoe, and National player of the year candidate John Wall has been dominant all year giving the Wildcats a 32-2 record and a SEC Tournament Title. The Wildcats exciting 75-74 OT win over Mississippi State Saturday assured them a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and positioned them on top in the East Region. The Wildcats are set to face East Tennessee State in the first round on Thursday in New Orleans, where they should have no problem advancing to the second round. Kentucky could have a tough path to the Final Four where they could face some tough contenders, including red-hot West Virginia, potential dark-horse Wisconsin, and a former No. 1 team Texas, who they could possibly face in the second round. I think The Wildcats talent with carry them into the Elite Eight, but are vulnerable to an upset in the later rounds against a top caliber team where the pressure might be too much for this young team.
Syracuse Orange (+600 = $20 bet to win championship would pay out $140 at Sportsbook.com) – Despite an early exit in the Big East tournament, after losing to Georgetown, the Oranges 28-4 record was good enough to sit them atop of the West as a No.1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Syracuse offense, led by Junior Forward Wesley Johnson, has been excellent all year averaging over 81 points per game and making over 51% of their Field Goals. Syracuse will square off on Friday against Vermont in the first round of the tournament, where they will be heavy favorites to knock out the Catamounts and advance to the second round. If Syracuse hopes to outdo their performance from last year and make their way deep into the tournament, they are going to have to knock off some tough competition, including tough Kansas State, or the Pitt Panthers who handed Syracuse a ten point loss earlier in the year. I think Syracuse will use its talent on offense to get to the Elite Eight, and have will have to play extremely good ball to get to the Final Four.
Duke Blue Devils (+800 = $20 bet to win championship would pay out $190 at Sportsbook.com) – The Blue Devils who hold a record of 29-5 locked up a No.1 seed by winning the ACC tournament on Saturday. The Blue Devils veterans Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler, and Nolan Smith have been absolute powerhouses on offense this year, all ranking in the top 100 with over 17 points per game. The Blue Devils will open up the tournament on Friday against the winner of the opening-round game between Big South champion Winthrop and SWAC winner Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Blue Devils might have a tough test early on where they will have to face a power conference opponent in the second round, where they will face the winner of the match-up between California and Louisville. If Duke does manage to make their way into the Elite Eight they could match-up against some other tough opponents, including Villanova and Baylor. Look for Duke’s experience and veteran presences help make their way to at least an Elite Eight run, and likely contend in their 15th Final Four in school history.
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