Potential 2022 March Madness Teams To Consider
Everyone knows how good Gonzaga, Kentucky, Kansas, and Arizona are. But although those teams should have deep NCAA Touranment runs, the fact that 7 Top 10 ranked teams lost on Feb. 26 proves underrated squads often play well in the NCAA Tournament. Check out a list of five NCAA Tournament teams that are flying under the radar.
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5 Potential 2022 March Madness Teams That Few Are Talking About
The first OVC team to go 18-0 in the conference season! The Murray State Racers beat SEMO 70-68 and completed a perfect regular season in conference play! #RacerTradition ??? pic.twitter.com/tU0PsckRUd— Murray State MBB (@RacersHoops) February 27, 2022
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Murray State Racers
28-2 Murray State plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, which is one of the reasons nobody is paying attention to them. Don’t make the mistake of discounting Murray State’s chances of making NCAA Touranment waves.
The Racers allow less than 62 points per while averaging over 79 each game. The point difference, 17, is significant. No team will blast through Murray State in the tournament this season.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Duke Blue Devils have gotten so much press this season, and for good reason, teams like the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have gotten almost zero press. The Irish, though, are legit. Heading into their final two regular season games, at Florida State and versus Pittsburgh, Notre Dame has a terrific 21-8 record.
Almost as important? The Irish have gone 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games. Notre Dame won’t be an easy out for any team. The Irish play excellent defense, they allow 43.2% from the field, and shoot well, almost 38% from three.
Iowa State Cyclones
Early in the season, the Cyclones were a legit Top 10 team. Since then, Iowa State has fallen out of the AP Top 25.
But although the Cyclones shouldn’t enter the NCAA Tournament ranked, we shouldn’t look past them putting together a solid March Madness campaign. 20-9 Iowa State has a fantastic rebounding guard in 6’ 4” Izaiah Brockington. Izaiah averages close to 18 points and over 7 rebounds per game.
Tyrese Hunter averages 11 points per, over 3 rebounds, and about 5 assists per game. Everyone knows the way to win in the NCAA Tournament is to lean on your guards. Iowa State has one of the best pair of guards in the nation.
Texas started the season ranked fifth in the country. But the regular season hasn’t been as kind to the Longhorns as many thought. Heading into their final two regular season games, the Horns are 21-8. The two final games are versus Baylor at home and against Kansas on the road.
There’s a big chance Texas enters the Big 12 Conference Touranment with a 21-10 record, which means unless Texas wins the conference tournament, they will enter the NCAA Touranment a 7-seed at best.
No problem. Texas has too much talent not to make it to at least the Sweet 16. Timmy Allen, Marcus Carr, and Christian Bishop could all get hot, which makes the Longhorns a potential Final Four upset squad.
The Atlantic 10 is a decent college hoops conference. No doubt, 24-4 Davidson is the best team in the A-10. The Wildcats average 76 points per and allow less than 66 each game. The difference isn’t as significant as what Murray State shows, but Davidson has beaten better teams. Don’t be surprised if Foster Loyer reminds everyone of Steph Curry once NCAA Tournament play starts.
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