1) Missouri (projected 6th seed).
Returning minutes: 89.0%. Returning starters (4) Dru Smith, Kobe Brown, Javon Pickett, Mark Smith.
Key Victories: 1) vs Alabama 68-65 (Alabama’s only SEC loss). 2) @Oregon 83-75 (top 3 pac-12 team). 3) @Tennessee 73-64 (one of the 4 ranked SEC teams). 4) vs Illinois 81-78 (top 5 team right now, 2nd in Big 10)
7th in ppg in SEC (75.0) last year they were 12th (67.1)
Coach: Cunozo Martin (defensive minded) 64-52 record with Missouri (.552)
2) Loyola Chicago (projected 8 seed)
Returning minutes: 91.7%. Returning starters (5) Cameron Krutwig, Tate Hall, Lucas Williamson, Aher Uguak, Keith Clemons
Key victories: @ Drake 81-54
4th in MVC in scoring (72.3 ppg)
1st in MVC in assists (15.8 apg)
Coach: Porter Moser (quality shots, spacing and ball movement). 4-1 career record in NCAA tournament. Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year (2018). 2018 final four appearance.
3) Texas (projected 4 seed)
Returning minutes (#1 in the nation): 99.9% only loss is Drayton Whiteside who played 6 minutes last year as a walk on. Returning starters (4) Matt Coleman, Courtney Ramey, Jericho Sims, Jase Febres
Key victories: @West Virginia 72-70, @Kansas 84-59, @North Carolina 69-67, vs Oklahoma State 77-74
Coach: Shaka Smart (best man to man defense in the Big 12). 7-7 March Madness record. Final four with VCU in 2011
Texas has 3 outstanding guards: Matt Coleman (senior), Courtney Rainey (senior), Andrew Jones (junior)
Texas has 3 outstanding big men: Jericho Sims (senior), Kai Jones (sophomore), Greg Brown (freshman)
Texas also has a very deep bench which isn’t as important in CBB as it is in the NBA.
The Longhorns have a lot of chemistry and trust for Shaka Smart’s system. This year is their best chance to go far in March, if not they will be looking to rebuild next year.
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Today, I went to the beach front with my kids.
I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said
“You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She
never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off
topic but I had to tell someone!
Great post.Really thank you! Cool.