Selection Sunday has come and gone and the brackets are finally set up for the 2010 NCAA March Madness Tournament. Some teams fell out of contention for the tournament, while others earned a spot in this past weekend’s Conference tournaments, and all March Madness enthusiasts can finally get their chance to fill out their respective brackets. The Southern Region this year is headlined by the Duke Blue Devils, who are looking for their first NCAA Tournament Championship since 2001, and Villanova, who made a very impressive run all the way to the Final Four in the 2009 tournament. Below we have predicted a champion of the Southern Region Bracket, as well as some notes to be aware of when filling out your personal bracket.
Click on the image to check out Kemp’s Bracket Prediction for the South Region in the NCAA 2010 tournament
South Region March Madness Champions – Duke Blue Devils
I am taking the Duke Blue Devils to come out of the Southern Region in the 2010 March Madness Tournament. Duke has been the most consistent team coming out of the ACC this year, especially after beating Georgia Tech 65-61 in the ACC Tournament Final. Duke has an extremely potent offense, scoring 100+ points in 4 of their first 12 games on the season. Although the Blue Devils have not reached the century mark since that 12th game, they still average 78.4 points on the season, while shooting 44% from the field. Senior G Jon Scheyer has been monstrous for Duke, as he is a strong candidate for ACC player of the year. The veteran leadership he and Junior F Kyle Singler provide could lead the Blue Devils to their first NCAA Tournament Championship since 2001.
South Region Notes: Purdue (4) took a big hit as they will be without star F Robbie Hummel for the tournament. Hummel is averaging 15.7 points, 2nd on the Boilermakers, and 6.9 rebounds per game, also 2nd on the club. Louisville (9) beat #1 seed in the Western Region twice this season, so don’t me surprised if they can put together a run. Villanova (2) marched unexpectedly all the way to the Final Four in 2009, and have even higher expectations this time around.