NCAA Tournament: West Region Preview

The winner is..Oklahoma

It’s the Buddy Hield show. They haven’t finished down the stretch as strong as they’d like to but with the college basketball version of Steph Curry they can beat any team in the country. Hield is shooting 46 percent from three, and has a partner in crime Isaiah Cousins to control shot distribution and keep him open. Oklahoma has a tougher path to get through than Oregon, but they are the better team than Oregon and if they can avoid going cold for long stretches they should be advancing.

Wouldn’t be surprised if.. Texas A&M knocked off Oklahoma en route to the final four.

For a team like Texas A&M it is now or never. Their backcourt of Alex Caruso and Anthony Collins, and their star forward Danuel House are all seniors this year. With that is the best team in A&M since Deandre Jordan, and may be much better. The Aggies are battle tested, and while a second round matchup with Texas looms, they have already beat the Longhorns in November. They also beat the likes of Gonzaga, Syracuse, Baylor, Kentucky, and Iowa State showing that this team can hang with the best.

Sleeper Watch: St. Joe’s

St. Joe’s is playing some of their best basketball right now. Phil Martelli is one of the great college basketball coaches. They are a long senior lead team that can scrap with teams, and can run. They serve as a tough matchup for Oregon but that will obviously be their big test. If they can get past Oregon, a duel against a weakened Duke team or Baylor would be manageable. With teams like Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma knocking each other around they could find themselves in a favorable situation.

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