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March Madness Predictions 2013

The NCAA Tournament is around the corner as the 2012-2013 NCAA season is coming to a close. The opening round games will begin on March 19. As always the question is which teams will make it deep into the NCAA Tournament?

These are the teams that are looking strong and are proving themselves to become the best:

Indiana- Indiana Hoosiers have been named as one of the teams to beat since before the season began. They have an opportunity to achieve the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament as they are currently ranked the No. 2 in both National polls and have the No. 6 RPI figure. This is the team to look out for because they are the March Madness betting favorite.

Gonzaga- Currently, Gonzaga Bulldogs are the No. 1 team in the nation. However, they are not positioned well under the RPI model, ranking No. 11. In spite of how they perform in the West Coast Conference tournament, they should get a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, it is hard to see them winning the Championship because they are going to have a tough time against stronger and more athletic teams.

Kansas- Kansas Jayhawks is also another team to look out for because they have been on a roll recently. Over the past month, they have been playing their best basketball of the season. Also, they have bounced back from a three game losing streak by winning seven in a row. Jayhawks are ranked No. 4 in both national polls and have the No. 4 RPI. Therefore, they should land a No.1 seed in the Tournament because they have been improving after being inconsistent in their games.

Duke- As always Duke Blue Devils are guaranteed to make the Tournament because they have always been the favorites in college hoops history. However this season, Blue Devils have not performed well on the road and are showing signs of struggle. Also, they are showing signs of softness because they have a tough time playing against physical teams.

Miami-FL – Miami Hurricanes are one of the teams that are under the radar. They are an excellent team, but they have their ups downs with being consistent. They have a great chance in taking a top seed and having a great run in the tournament, but they need to be consistent in their games in order to have a deep run.

UNLV- The Rebels are an unpredictable team because you never know when they are going to do their best. They have amazing talent, but in order to be a dark force in the Tournament they need to work on their chemistry. As a result, they can make a deep run in the Tournament and can be a threatening force for competitors.

These are the predictions for now, but they can change as the season comes to a close. Stay tuned in to find out which teams are going to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

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As the race for the National Player of the Year comes close to an end, there are a handful of contenders pushing to claim the title.  One of the spot-light players that’s been talked about throughout the season is Victor Oladipo, Junior Guard of Indiana Hoosiers (No. 2).

 Oladpio originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland is the second leading scorer of Indiana, avergaing 13.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.  Oladipo has shown outstanding athleticism, quickness, leaping ability, and relentless defense.  He can guard many positions and averages 2.3 steals per game.  This past season Oladipo has increased his game in 3-point shooting, in the offseason he was shooting at 20.8% and improved to 52.4%.  As of right now Victor Oladipo has been chosen as one of the top 5 picks for this year’s upcoming NBA draft.  

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On Tuesday night, the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeat the No. 1 team Indiana Hoosiers 77-73, for the first time since 1989.  Minnesota is currently not ranked, so this was a big win for the Gophers.  Minnesota did most damage from inside the paint grabbing 23 offensive rebounds and scoring 40 points in side the key.  Minnesota senior forward Trevor Mbakwe scored a season-high of 21-points and added 12 rebounds.  The unranked team shut down Indiana with solid defense, leaving Indiana’s lead scored with only 9-points and fouled out for the second time in his college career.