Just as exciting as the No.1 seeds in this tournament are the No. 2 seeds. Four great teams who are all a threat to upset and make their way to the National Championship are West Virginia, Kansas State, Ohio State, and Villanova. All of these teams have star players who can take them on a deep run in which should make for a very exciting Tournament. Before you throw down some bets and fill out those brackets take at look at how I think some of the No.2 seeds will make out in the NCAA Tournament.
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2010 March Madness Predictions for #2 Seeds:
West Virginia Mountaineers – The Mountaineers 27-6 record and Big East Championship title earned them a No. 2 seed in the East bracket, giving the school its highest ever seeding in the NCAA tournament. The Mountaineers won their first ever Big East Championship when Da’Sean Butler drained the game winning basket for a second time in the tournament, giving them a 60-58 victory over Georgetown. West Virginia is set open up the tournament against Morgan State on Friday, where they should have no problem knocking off the Bears and advance to the second round. A tougher challenge for the Mountaineers will be in the second round where they will face either Missouri or Clemson, two power conference teams who have the ability to pull off an upset. Five of West Virginia’s six losses this season came when De’Sean Butler failed to score above his season average, this just proves how much of the team’s success relies on his performance. I think Butler proved in the Big East tournament that he has what it takes to take this team deep into the NCAA Tournament, and make their way to the 2nd Final Four appearance in school history.
Kansas State Wildcats – The Wildcats have put together one of the greatest seasons in the school’s history finishing second in the Big 12 standings and supporting an overall record of 26-7. The Wildcats put together an excellent run in the Big 12 tournament before losing 72-64 to in-state rival Kansas. The Wildcats performance was good for the No. 2 seed in the West Region where they will square off against North Texas on Thursday in Oklahoma City. The Wildcats would love to get a shot at facing their in-state rivals Kansas in the Final Four, but could face some very tough competition along the way, including possible second round opponent BYU, a tough Pitt Panther team, and No. 1 seed Syracuse. I think Kansas State has too tough of a road ahead of them and will be stopped short of the Final Four.
Ohio State Buckeyes – The 27-7 Buckeyes top off an excellent season with a Big Ten Championship Title and sit in the Midwest bracket as a No. 2 seed. Leading the way for Ohio State is Junior Evan Turner who has been a monster all over the court this year. Turner averages over 20 point and 9 rebounds a game, and is looking to carry this team deep into the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will face the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in the first round on Friday which should be any easy step on a very tough path. Ohio State will have to get past either Oklahoma State or Georgia Tech in the second round in order to face a tough Georgetown team in the Sweet Sixteen before getting a shot at the No. 1 team Kansas Jayhawks. I don’t think, even with the talent of Evan Turner, the Buckeyes will be able to make its way through this tough Midwest bracket, look for Ohio State to fall short of the Elite Eight round.
Villanova Wildcats – After a 20-1 start the Wildcats cooled down and finished with a 24-7 record after an early exit in the Big East tournament where they were upset by Marquette 80-76. The Wildcats, led by Scottie Reynolds, will look to advance through a weaker South bracket as a No. 2 seed where they start the tournament off against the Robert Morris Colonials in the first round. Villanova will have a challenging second round where they will face either St. Mary’s or Richmond before getting a shot at tougher teams like Baylor or Duke in the late rounds. Look for Villanova’s run to stop in the Elite Eight or even Sweet Sixteen where they will face a team that will be no match for their 278th ranked scoring defense.