NCAA Basketball has tipped off; March Madness has officially started in November! This is one of the best times of year for any diehard sports fan.
Is the Big Ten really the best basketball conference? The preseason polls suggest that! The Big Ten has 5 teams in the Preseason Top 25, which include 3 in the top 5 and the Indiana Hoosiers #1 for the first time since 1979-80, when the team was coached by Bob Knight.
The Big Ten is followed by the rest of the pack, with the Big East and ACC tied with 4 teams respectively in the Top 25. Can Calipari take Kentucky to its third straight Final Four with another team full of freshmen? Your guess is as good as mine. We’ll find out soon enough. Kentucky plays early games against Maryland and Duke, so they will be tested right out of the gate.
That brings me to Tobacco Road and the NC State WolfPack with a preseason ranking of #6 and top in the ACC. Basketball on Tobacco Road just got real! NC State is positioned to overtake the stronghold Duke and UNC held on the ACC. The WolfPack play Michigan in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and UConn in the Jimmy V Classic, so they too have a tough road agead.
Now, I’m really going to step-out on a limb for real this time. I think the WolfPack will live up to the hype, beat Duke and Carolina, win the ACC Regular Season and finish by winning the ACC Tournament as well. We may even have a #1 seed this March.
Call me crazy, I have March Madness and it’s only November!