March Madness is fast approaching and this
year’s tournament promises to deliver its usual amount of thrilling match-ups.
The 81st edition of the NCAA Men’s
division basketball championship is scheduled to begin on March 19 and
will conclude with the final game on April 8 at U.S. Bank Stadium in
The tournament is always eagerly
anticipated, with 68 teams battling to claim the prestigious trophy. The Duke
Blue Devils have been a popular pick with pundits making March Madness
predictions this season and remain favourites to win the tournament.
However, two defeats in three games towards
the end of February have shown that they are not infallible. Star freshman Zion
Williamson missed their recent 77-72 defeat against Virginia Tech and Duke will
be eager to see him return in time for March Madness.
That result left the Blue Devils with a
24-4 record during the regular season, but this talented group of players have
the ability to go a long way in the tournament. Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam
Reddish will be much sought-after commodities in the next NBA Draft and Duke are
still the team to beat despite their recent troubles.
Virginia Tech’s victory over Duke showed
that they could be a force to reckoned with at March Madness. The Hokies led
for nearly 33 minutes, before holding their nerve late on to secure a memorable
victory. Kerry Blackshear Jr finished the game with 23 points from 11 shots and
grabbed 10 rebounds – he will be one to watch during the post-season tournament.
Gonzaga Bulldogs are prominent in the
betting having enjoyed an impressive campaign. The Bulldogs have also defeated
Duke this season and it would be dangerous to underestimate their chances. Other
potential contenders include Virginia Cavaliers, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan
State Spartans, Kentucky Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers.
Reigning champions Villanova Wildcats are
another team who could come into contention, although they have gone off the
boil a little in recent weeks. Despite this, if the Wildcats can rediscover
their early season form, they could be a serious threat as they bid to clinch
their third March Madness title in the last four years.
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