East Coast Excitement
Kyle Bruderer | Sports Writer | @brudkyle
Photo Credit: Valerie Cheatham, Photo Editor, @valeriecheatham
One of the few teams said to have any chance at taking down Kentucky is Wisconsin. Led by the leading candidate for national player of the year in Frank Kaminsky, the Badgers finished the regular season with an impressive 72-48 road victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Badgers now sit with a record of 28-3 overall.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are another team that is expected to make some noise in the big dance this year. Over the years the Bulldogs have consistently been the favorite in the West Coast Conference. However over each of the past five years, Gonzaga has been knocked out of the tournament in the second round. The difference entering this year’s NCAA tournament is the talented depth of their team. Not only do they have big inside presence with Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis, but they also have incredibly accurate perimeter shooting from Kevin Pangos, Kyle Wiltjer, and Gary Bell Jr.
Last but not least is the Louisville Cardinals. After upsetting the second ranked Virginia Cavaliers, the Cardinals’ confidence has been swelling as they prepare to go dancing. Terry Rozier over the season has averaged 17 points and a pair of steals per game while the star forward Montrezl Harrell has been averaging just shy of a double-double.
What makes March Madness so exciting each year is that honestly any team can win any given game. Make sure to fill out those brackets and enjoy the best basketball month of the year.