14 in the nation, West Virginia. The Bears need a bit more oomph on offense but their defense is one of the stingiest in the nation, allowing just 58.4 points per game. Right now, they are the team to beat and at odds of 10-1, currently the fourth choice, it’s one bet we would gladly make.
Band Warming Up for the Big Dance
Last year the Virginia Cavaliers were on a mission to atone for their shocking first-round loss to No. 1 seed had ever lost in the opening round of the national tournament and the Cavs were determined to cop another top seed and roll to the championship game. Mission achieved as Virginia topped No. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the big guns at this point of the season, knowing the favorite for this edition is Baylor.
Duke Blue Devils
Duke is a familiar face and coach Mike Krzyzewski is a perennial presence when March Madness begins. Duke most recently eviscerated Notre Dame, 94-60, and is battling Louisville and Florida State for the ACC regular-season title. Regardless of which team captures the conference crown, Duke is a tough team to stop as evidenced by their 83 points per game, good for fourth in the nation.
While neither Gonzaga’s West Coast Conference nor San Diego State’s Mountain West Conference is the standard-bearer of basketball greatness, we see more depth and a slightly better caliber of opponent from the Zags. We will soon find out how good Gonzaga truly is when they meet opponents from the powerhouse conferences, but until then, they are one of the best in the nation.