The 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is about to get underway. Here are five teams that could be the only one standing at the end of March Madness.
The Villanova Wildcats are the first team that could win it all. They finished the season 30-4 overall and second in the Big East in the regular season. They went on to win the Big East tournament. The Wildcats bring a veteran squad to the big dance in three red shirt juniors Phil Booth, Eric Paschall, and Mikal Bridges. Also returning is Wooden Award nominee junior Jalen Brunson. These four will look to lead the way for coach Jay Wright‘s team.
The Michigan State Spartans will also be in consideration to take it all. Coach Tom Izzo‘s team is led by Wooden Award nominee and sophomore Miles Bridges. He averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game this season. The Spartans also have Nick Ward and Joshua Langford back to help Bridges make a solid run in the tournament. Michigan State, this season, finished with a record of 29-4
The Duke Blue Devils have what it takes to be the only one standing at the end. Duke will look for success from experienced coach Mike Krzyzewski to help lead a young team for a deep run through the tournament. Senior Grayson Allen will look to be a leader on the court for the Blue Devils. Duke will also be counting on another Wooden nominee, freshman Marvin Bagley III, who is averaging 21.1 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this season. Duke finished the regular season with a 26-7 record.
Virginia Cavaliers is coming into the NCAA tournament as the number one overall seed. They finished the regular season with a 31-2 record and went on to win the ACC tournament. Tony Bennett‘s team is led by 6’5 senior guard Devon Hall who is averaging 12.0 points and 4.3 boards per game. 6’2 sophomore guard Kyle Guy brings 14.1 points per game to the equation as well. Hall and Guy look to be the answer for a positive tournament run for Virginia.
Cincinnati Bearcats finished the regular season 30-4 and they also won the American Conference tournament. One key for the Bearcats to make a long run is their pressure defense, which was the best in the American Conference. Cincinnati is one of the most balanced teams in this year’s tournament. As they have four players who are averaging double digits in their starting lineup. Gary Clark leads the way with 13.0 points per game, Jacob Evans with 12.9, Kyle Washington at 11.3, and Jarron Cumberland make up the balanced offense for the Bearcats. Mick Cronin‘s team will hope his balanced scoring and pressure defense will be the answer for an exciting run in the tournament.
It should be an exciting and competitive 2018 Men’s NCAA tournament. All five of these teams look to be the last one standing in San Antonio.