The round of 32 starts today. Hang out here for all of your non-Badgers discussion!
This is a fantastic slate. It start with the fighting Sister Jean’s of Loyola Chicago taking on their state’s flagship Big Ten school. Cameron Krutwig was a standout in their Final Four run, and he’ll have his hands full battling Kofi Cockburn in the post.
The last CBS game is an old Big East matchup between the Mountaineers and the Orange. Syracuse is easily the most hate-able team in the tournament. Jim Boeheim’s still there, still running that 2-3 zone, and now his son’s on the team. Buddy Boeheim (yeah, BUDDY) is a pure shooting guard that seems terrified of the paint. I, as someone wearing flannel jammies and comfy moccasins writing this, can not respect this player at all due to how little work he puts in. His rebounding rates scream “accidental” and almost exclusively shoots jumpers. If you’re the coach’s son and you just huck threes, it doesn’t matter if you connect on 39% of them. Get to the paint more than once a game.
The Southwest Conference comes back on TNT when Texas Tech and Arkansas tip off. The Red Raiders only have Kyler Edwards returning from their surprising 2019 national runner-up campaign. Point guard MacMcClung is a Georgetown transfer who can get to the rim, and center Marcus Santos-Silva’s a former VCU player that terrorizes the defensive rim.
In the next pair of tipoffs, Quentin Grimes and Justin Gorham lead Houston against a balanced, fiesty Rutgers squad. Meanwhile, Oral Roberts sees if they can replicate their 10 steals that helped them beat Ohio State against Florida.
North Texas takes on a Villanova squad to start closing down the evening. The Mean Green are led by Javion Hamlet, a foul-drawing, dime-dropping senior point guard that will be the likely choice to put the dagger into the Wildcats.
Finally, a battle of OSU’s close the evening. Oregon State’s put together their first four game winning streak at the right time, stealing the Pac 12’s bid and knocking off the Volunteers in the opening round. The Beavers lost to Wyoming and Portland in non-conference play. Portland went 0-11 in the West Coast Conference! Oregon State’s clearly playing with house money, so hopefully they’ll play with that loose confidence that will be worth staying awake for. (Texas, I will never have confidence in you again.)