It’s finally here. The round of 64 kicks off today, and aside from those last minute lucy’s most brackets are now submitted.
While team’s like UCLA, Arizona, Villanova, Kentucky and others look like serious contedors, expect experienced and successful ACC programs to dominate the tournament once again.
Last year, after sending eight teams to the sweet 16, four teams to the elite eight, and two teams to the final four, the ACC should make their mark again this season.
The Duke Blue Devils are coming off an extremely unprecedented four wins in four days to win the ACC Tournament, and have an easy path to the elite eight. With the best coach in college, loads of offensive weapons, and momentum, Duke can easily make the Final Four. If things go correctly, this team should play against Villanova at MSG in the Elite Eight, and this team always shines on the biggest stages.
Although the UNC Tar Heels are in a bracket with UCLA and Kentucky, they have many favourable matchups being the No.1 seed. After losing by a buzzer-beater in the National Championship game last year, expect this team to be as hungry as ever under the legendary Roy Williams.
Louisville, who plays some of the best defense in the country, boasts a ridiculously talented backcourt and front court. This team sat out of the big dance last year, and will be looking to make another championship run under Rick Pitino.
Teams like Notre Dame, FSU, Virginia, and other ACC teams should bust a ton of brackets over the next couple of weeks, and don’t be surprised if the ACC boasts at least two teams in the Final Four.
Experienced ACC coaches have done it before, and have a huge advantage over these young coaches with talented freshmen. A team like Duke has talented freshmen in Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum, and an experienced senior in Amile Jefferson.
Every other remaining ACC team has a strong mixture of talent, experience, and incredible coaching. Last year, a 10 seeded Syracuse Orange team made it to the Final Four. Although anything can happen in March Madness, there is no doubt that the ACC won’t disappoint.
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