The NCAA conference men’s basketball tournament has already started and stunning upsets are anticipated. The desire to be part of the 68 teams to be selected will always produce high-octane and some defensive basketball game.
In continuing the process, everybody wants to look at the top four teams in this years AP and USA Today coaches polls. As a matter of fact both polls have the same Top 4: Kansas, Villanova, UCLA and Gonzaga.
No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks
The Kansas Jayhawks suffered a stunning 85-82 upset in the hands of the TCU Horned Frogs in the Big 12 Quarterfinal. Though Frank Mason scored 29 points in 7-for-15 field goal and 12-for-13 in free throws, TCU stayed strong in the end to be victorious. Trailing 76-80 in the final minute, the Hroned was able to be on top. While the Kansas Jayhawks lost early in the Big 12 Tournament, they can keep the No. 1 position going into March Madness depending on the selection committee.
No. 2 Villanova Wildcats
The Villanova Wildcats remain strong in a blowout win over St John’s in the Big East Tournament. Donte Divincenzo scored 25 points and Kris Jenkins contributed 24 points to keep the morale high going into the next round. Villanova’s defensive arsenal went on to limit St. John’s to only 67 while the offense was on a high note scoring 108 points.
No. 3 UCLA Bruins
With so much on the line, the Bruins were able to escape the all out game from the USC Trojans. UCLA defeated the Trojans, 76-74, in a close encounter from the start to the final buzzer. Isaac Hamilton registered 22 points in 8-for-15 shooting from the field to lead the Bruins. With only three losses, the Bruins are maintaining their strength on the defensive part. Remarkably, UCLA is No. 1 in points per game at 91.3 and No. 1 in assists at 21.7 per game in the nation.
No. 4 Gonzaga Bulldogs
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will always be one of the teams dreaming to be in the Final Four. With both offense and defense capable of doing great, the Bulldogs can make deeper into March Madness. Gonzaga is averaging 84. points (13th) per game in offense while yielding 61.2 points (8th) per game in defense.