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March Madness Coming

Feb 28, 2014 -- 9:54am

As the calendar turns to March my attention turns to March Madness. And the way things are shaping up in college basketball this could be the most unpredictable dose of Madness I’ve ever seen.

I think Florida has the best team, but the Gators certainly aren’t dominant. If the championship was determined by a series of best-of-three matchups I’d really like the Gators’ chances, but in a one-and-done format not nearly as much.

What if Michigan State gets healthy? I always have high expectations for Tim Izzo-coached teams and these Spartans, when healthy and in sync, may be better than Florida. Like Michigan State, when Arizona is healthy the Wildcats are scary good.

Kansas is loaded with two lottery picks. I’m talking about lottery picks who could go 1-2 in the NBA draft.

Just how good is Virginia? The Cavaliers lead the ACC and plays great defense.

Is Wichita State for real? What about San Diego State and St. Louis? Does Creighton have enough help for Doug McDermott?

All are labeled mid-majors and we’ve certainly seen in recent years – think Butler, Gonzaga, George Mason, Virginia Commonwealth and UAB – how that label is misleading

I haven’t even mentioned Duke or North Carolina, which is on fire after a miserable start. Then there’s the defending champion, Louisville. We certainly can’t forget those other Big East powers, Villanova and Cincinnati. And I haven’t forgotten about Syracuse, which started out 25-0.

Could the Kentucky freshmen put it all together?

And, yes, I know you’re screaming at me right now because I’ve left somebody out who could well make a late run.

Indeed, Madness is looming.

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