2011 NCAA Southwest Region Predictions
NCAA Bracket Southwest Region Favorites to Make the Final Four
With Morris twins causing havoc for opponents inside and an arsenal of quality guards manning the perimeter, it is tough to find many weaknesses with the Jayhawks. Of course the same could be said last season prior to Kansas being bounced in the second round by Northern Iowa. As long as they stay committed on the defensive end and are willing to share the ball, the Jayhawks have national title contender written all over them.
Led by Ben Hansbrough, the Fighting Irish feature a lineup that averages almost nine 3-pointers a game. When they have hot shooting nights, there isnt a defense around that can stop them. Notre Dame is a deep squad that had an excellent year in the highly-touted Big East. A lack of tournament experience is the only real knock on this team, but it could become an issue in a close game in crunch time.
NCAA Bracket Southwest Region Upset Specials
Richmond over Vanderbilt:
This game could come down to a shootout between Vanderbilts John Jenkins and Richmonds Justin Harper. The Spiders tested themselves with their out of conference schedule, and they delivered wins against Wake Forest, Arizona State and Purdue. Vandy had some quality wins as well, but Richmond is the type of team that can control the tempo and get quality looks from the outside. As long as they are knocking down shots like they were during the A-10 Tournament, this a game the Spiders can win.
USC/VCU over Georgetown:
Take your pick in the play-in game, but Georgetown has been awful since losing point guard Chris Wright. He is expected to make his return for the teams first round game. Even if Wright does return, there is a good chance he will have to shake off some rust. Unfortunately for Georgetown, there is no tomorrow in NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas abysmal offense will come back to haunt them.
My Prediction to win the Southwest Region-Kansas Jayhawks