5 Teams to watch In the NCAA Tourney
Louisville: A lot of college basketball analysts have picked them to win it all this year. Before dominating their first two opponents of the tournament, Rick Pitino's team were on a 10-game winning streak and won the Big East conference tournament. Needless to say, you would not be ill-advised to root for Pitino and Company. This team has two outstanding guards in Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. Smith is the team’s leading scorer averaging 18.2 ppg. They also have a very strong and physical front line led by Gorgui Dieng. Dieng is an excellent shot blocker and rebounder who also averages 10 ppg. Louisville also is one of the best defensive teams in the nation, they do a very good job of deflecting the ball and making it miserable for the offense. Last but not least Louisville was in the final four last year, and although they did not win the championship that run definitely proved they have what it takes to make a run again. They are the popular pick for good reason, look for the cardinals to make a similar run and return to the final four. Miami: The Hurricanes have been one of the most exciting stories this year in college basketball. After sneaking by an underrated Illinois team, the round of sixteen will prove how good these guys truly are. Shane Larkin is a star, and his supporting class is experienced and hungry for a final four berth. Not a single player on this team has played in one NCAA tournament game before last Friday and it showed against the less talented Illini team. This raises a lot of speculation going into next weekend, but their coach Jim Larranaga will have them ready. Larranaga took an 11 seed, George Mason, to the final four in 2007. Consequently he knows what it takes and will have the Hurricanes ready to play. If this Miami team can take on the challenge of the big stage and act like they have been there before, watch out because they are as talented as any this year.