In April 2016, the Villanova Wildcats played the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 NCAA Basketball National Championship Game. The game was the greatest ever, and it all came down to one last play. Joel Berry III just hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 74 apiece, and Villanova Coach Jay Wright called his final timeout. In the NCAA, you have to go down the entire length of the court after a timeout. With 4.7 seconds left, Kris Jenkins of Villanova inbounds the ball to Point Guard Ryan Arcidiacono. Arcidiacono dribbles down the court past Berry, but it was the design of the play on both sides that made for the great ending. UNC played a 1-3-1 man-on-man press to Arcidiacono, to hopefully force a turnover, but if Arcidiacono got past Berry, they had Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, and Brice Johnson all who could stop the 3-point shot. Villanova designed a play making sure that Arcidiacono got the ball of the inbound in a position in which he could get past half-court and find someone on the 3-point line. Arcidiacono gets past Berry, UNC collapses, and Arcidiacono pops it back to Jenkins on the 3-point line to get an almost-uncontested 3-pointer to win the championship, and boy did it pay off. #Win!
The Sweet 16 is next in March Madness. See what madness should be seen. My prediction:
NCAA Championship Game: #1 Virginia vs. #4 Louisville
The defending champs have another big National Championship Game in store. This time, it will be against UVA, a team led by coach Tony Bennett. Bennett is a coach who relies on his team’s defense to lead to offense. They are 1st in the nation in points allowed, at 55.5 points allowed per game. Led by Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon on offense, and Akil Mitchell on defense, UVA will have an easy time against guys like Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, and Montrezl Harrell. In the end the final score is…
#1 Virginia: 61
#4 Louisville: 55
Most Outstanding Player: Joe Harris, Virginia Cavaliers SG
The 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn certainly was the craziest of all drafts. If I were the GM of any of these teams, here is who I would have picked.
Number 1, Cleveland Cavs: Anthony Bennett, UNLV, SF/PF
Bennett was a surprise pick in the draft, and Cavs fans have no idea what to say. Here is what GM Chris Grant said “As we did our evaluations throughout the entire year, we just kept coming back to his ability and his talent and how it fit with our guys, a lot of times, like last year, it’s just clear cut. But for us, through the year, we always had him very high in our rankings and as we went back and reviewed the film and went on campus and visited everybody, we came away saying he’s a great kid. He’s willing to work and do the right things and he’s got a bunch of talent.”
My call: I too would have picked Bennett because Noel rarely played due to an ACL injury.
Number 2, Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo, Indiana, SG/PG
Oladipo is an explosive 2-guard who can get it done in the clutch. Orlando needed a reliable 2-guard after Hedo Turkoglu and Arron Afflalo. His weakness is his assist-to-turnover ratio.
My call: I too would have picked Oladipo because of his ability to shoot the ball well.
Number 3, Washington Wizards: Otto Porter, Georgetown, SF/PF
Porter had all defenses on their heels during big-time games. He is a 6’9” Small Forward who scores like a 6’6” Shooting Guard, and spreads the floor like a 6’1” Point Guard.
My call: I too would have picked Porter so that I would have a good replacement in the starting lineup for Trevor Ariza and Jan Vesely, and he scores BIG in the clutch.
Number 4, Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets: Cody Zeller, Indiana, C/PF
Zeller is a player who has a great post game, as well as a knack of making free throws (75.7% free throw shooter).
My call: I would have picked Ben McLemore because they NEED a clutch shooter to be able to win games.
Number 5, Phoenix Suns: Alex Len, Maryland, C
Len is a physical player who needs to show he can play since he missed the Draft Combine with an ankle injury.
My call: I would have picked Trey Burke because of his great shooting and physicality that the team needs that the Suns need, and Len will NOT bring that physicality.
Anthony Bennett after being chosen by the Cavs.
As I have failed to get my 1st prediction correct after VCU’s loss, here is what I think the Final Four will be very crazy-looking.
Final Four Matchup 1: #15 FGCU (South) vs. #3 Marquette (East)
Cinderella will keep dancing on this night, and the glass slipper always fits. Sherwood Brown and the high-flying Eagles of FGCU beats Vander Blue’s Marquette Golden Eagles squad, 81-71
Final Four Matchup 2: #2 Duke (Midwest) vs. #2 Ohio State (West)
This will be a great game to watch, with the matchup between Seth Curry (Duke) and Aaron Craft (Ohio State). Craft can guard on the perimeter, while Curry can shoot effectively from the perimeter. Ohio State notches a big win. Final score: 78-77, Ohio State.
NCAA Championship Game: FGCU vs. Ohio State
Cinderella has made her story so far with FGCU, and no one will stop her from winning. Brett Comer and Sherwood Brown will come out strong for the Eagles.
AND THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS FOR THE 2012-2013 SEASON IS THE #15 SEED FLORIDA GULF COAST EAGLES!
This year is going to end on a crazy mark, with Indiana losing its composure and blowing its number 1 seed, and Georgetown now in the top 5, a possibility of defending champions Kentucky Wildcats not even making it to the tourney. Here is my prediction for the Final Four and the championship.
Final Four Match 1: #2 Ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (West) vs. #4 St. Louis Billikens (Midwest);
DeShaun Thomas and Aaron Craft will put on a show vs. St. Louis Billikens. They’ll win 64-59.
Final Four Matchup 2: #4 Ranked Marquette Golden Eagles (East) vs. #5 Ranked VCU Rams (South);
Shaka Smart is a great coach for VCU, and he sure knows how to drive his team to the Final Four, but this time, Senior Shooting Guard Troy Daniels will spoil Vander Blue’s dreams, and send VCU to the NCAA Championship Game easily, winning 88-68.
NCAA Championship Matchup: #5 Ranked VCU Rams (South) vs. #2 Ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (West)
VCU is in the championship zone. They will definitely try to put together another HUGE upset on the line.
Troy Daniels and DeShaun Thomas will be the stars of the show Classic NCAA Championship. And now, the 2013 Men’s NCAA Championship Winner is…
will beat Ohio State, 88-78, to claim the National Championship Title!