It's official. The First Four are now in and the Madness in March is underway. How about them Huskies...2016 AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPS! Nice!
Before we continue, let's go back to last Friday's craaaaazzzy 4-OT win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the ACC Quarterfinals. Just when you thought it was over - BOOM - my guy freshman Jalen Adams hits a big shot to keep the season alive. Check out the video just in case you missed it. I love the broadcasters' reactions LOL. This was a wild game.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? You gotta love the month of March. I gotta say, though, a sixth place finish in the conference seemed a bit disappointing for UConn this year. But hey, it's all about how you finish, and we all know anything can happen in this Madness. My Huskies are primed to make some noise down South pinned against Colorado first. And don't be shocked if Coach Ollie keeps the ball rolling and UConn gives Kansas a run for their money in the round of 32. Nonetheless, I know I'm gonna be rooting for the Huskies all the way. I wish them much success. And correct me if I'm wrong here, but the last time UConn went the long distance in a Division Tournament game, was the Big East lost against Syracuse back in March 2009. Remember that crazy 6-OT game - shouts to my man Kemba Walker who killed that game - back then I believe they made a Final Four appearance. I don't know if this is factual, but I recall this being the case. History, does have a funny way of repeating itself.
So okay, here are my predictions for the Final Four and Championship...
1. UConn - I know I'm going to have LOTS of doubters here but I ride with my UConn. This is going to be a tough battle for my boys, but that's what March Madness is all about...watching a Cinderella team rise and Goliath fall. Although, I am counting on Kansas not going without a solid fight. Kansas is the best team in this region, the No. 1 seed, the brackets are set up in their favor to move further into the tournament. But not if we have something to say and I say BELIEVE-IN-UCONN!
2. Oklahoma - To be honest, I don't know why I'm choosing them. I'm just going with my gut on this one. Plus, it helps they're the No. 2 seed.
3. North Carolina - This is my conscious choice in the East. Although, they'll be in a tough one down the road against West Virginia. But ultimately, the Tar Heels will get out of this region intact and take that momentum to the finals.
4. Michigan State - These are my sleepers. I like Michigan State a lot. They're gonna be in a battle with Virginia for a third straight season in the Elite 8, but I think they'll sneak past them. Don't underestimate this team.
My Final Four winner: I know this is going to sound crazy, but I have UConn over North Carolina in the finals, 81-77. I'm sure Ray Ray (aka Raymond Felton) will not to fond of my pick lol. Ohh well, to each his own. And that's my Final Four baaaby! Comment below and let me know what you all think, and who you have winning the Big Dance!
Thank you and always sincerely,
Charlie Villanueva #believeinUCONN
P.S. To my Huskies brothers going out there to play today: play your game, play hard every possession, soak everything in while in the layup line, and be ready to execute your offense and defense. One game at a time. I believe in you guys. You can take it as far as your heart's desire. Keep on dancing baby...U-C-O-N-N, UCONN, UCONN, UCONN!
"There's no X's and O's, there's no strategy. It's heart, it's being competitive.” -- Wesley Matthews