NCAAM Basketball Contenders

by COOPER ROSS

Staff Writer

 

  1. Villanova – For the casual college basketball fan conventional wisdom would say that Duke and Kentucky are the best programs in the country that produce the best teams to win a championship every year. In reality, the best program in the past five years has been Villanova. When scouting, coach Jay Wright looks for leadership ability as well as potential that can be untapped with a couple of years on the team. After winning the NCAA Championship in 2016 and getting bounced early in the 2017 tournament many oddsmakers gave Nova the 8th best odds of winning the NCAA Tournament. So far, star players Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges (best Bridges in college basketball) have proven all doubters wrong.
  2. Virginia – The best defensive team in the country that consistently holds teams to under 20 points has there eyes set higher than just winning the ACC. Coach Tony Bennett has instilled a defensive scheme that fits his players skill sets and leaves opposing teams unable to find many catch and shoot opportunities or easy post ups.
  3. Purdue – This small school in West Lafayette, Indiana dominates its Big Ten opponents with dominant big man play and skilled passers at the point that can also shoot the three. Leading the charge for the Boilermakers are the Edwards brothers, (no actual relation) Carson Edwards and Vincent Edwards. Number one and number two on the team in scoring (17.2 and 14.8 respectively); the tandem is capable of leading their team to a deep run in March.

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