The NCAA tournament is the greatest event in all of sports. 65 teams have a chance at winning the National Championship in a tournament. There is not a more pure and more exciting tournament in the world of sports. Every year brings a new Cinderella story and a superstar in the making out of nowhere. Here are my 2008-2009 NCAA Final Four predictions:
Final Four Teams
Michigan State Spartans: It would only be fitting that the 2009 NCAA Final Four held in Detroit Michigan have the Michigan State Spartans take part in it. The Spartans are on the rise and have more talent then they know what to do with but not much experience since the departure of Drew Neitzel. Durrell Summers, Kalin Lucas, and Chris Allen showed an amazing amount of potential in only their first year of college basketball. Seniors Goran Suton and Travis Walton should bring stability, and junior Raymar Morgan will continue to shine and improve. The Spartans will battle with the Purdue Boilermakers for the Big Ten title but will end up on top and into the Final Four.
North Carolina Tar Heels: Did anyone think Tyler Hansborough would stay in school another year? With Hansborough staying in school the Tar Heels should be favorite’s to win it all in ’09. Wayne Ellington, Ty Lawson, and Danny Green are all NBA shoe-ins and are all returning to win a National Championship. Even if you like an underdog it is hard to keep the Heels out of any National Championship talk.
Marquette Golden Eagles: The shifty tempo-changing Golden Eagles will capture the attention of the basketball world in 2009 with an impressive season and tournament. There is no question that the Eagles have the best overall guard lineup in the nation with Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, and Wesley Matthews. Marquette is ranked around 10th in many preseason National rankings. Don’t overlook the Eagles in ’09.
Ranked 2nd in preseason ranking the Huskies have one of the most fierce lineups of big men in the history of college basketball. Just look at the roster. What other team in college basketball can defend or score against two guys who are over 7 feet tall? Expect a healthy A.J. Price and a hungry Huskies basketball team. Don’t count on another early exit this year for the Huskies. UCONN will make it all the way to the Final Four in 2009.
2009 NCAA Final Four Champions
North Carolina Tar Heels: Too much talent, experience, and passion for the game. Hansborough showed in several games over the last few years that he will take a beating for his team. Danny Green is a pure scorer and Ty Lawson may be the fastest man in basketball pro or college. 2009-2010 will be another rebuilding year after the Tar Heels win it all and lose all of their talent to the NBA draft. Don’t feel too sorry for the Heels they will be back in a year or two to contend for another title. The Tar Heels will win the National Championship in 2008-2009.
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