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It has been March Madness for sure, and four teams look to make history

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There were buzzer-beaters and beards, historic wins and never-before-seen losses, and so many upsets early that it was hard to tell, in some cases, which teams were the favorites and which were the underdogs.

Middle Tennessee beat Michigan State. Yale beat Baylor. Hawaii beat California. Little Rock beat Purdue. And the story entering the Round of 32 of this NCAA Tournament was the little guys with large and seemingly attainable dreams, which is why we call this tournament: March Madness.

After the early round craziness all attention turned to the Sweet 16.

All the teams that remained were big, name brand schools, including six ACC teams, three Big 10 teams, three Big 12 teams, one Big East team, one PAC 12 team and one SEC team.

If you are a person looking for a cinderella team to win a National Championship, it won’t happen. This year’s national champion will be a toss-up, especially since eight of the 16 remaining coaches have reached the final four in previous years.

Mike Krzyzewski (Duke): 12 Final Fours
Roy Williams (North Carolina): seven Final Fours
Jim Boeheim (Syracuse): four Final Fours
Bill Self (Kansas): two Final Fours
Tom Crean (Indiana): one Final Four
Lon Kruger (Oklahoma): one Final Four
Jim Larranaga (Miami): one Final Four
Jay Wright (Villanova): one Final Four

Look for one of these coaches to make a run to the final four.

The Sweet 16 provided its usual excitement, leading to an entertaining, if not surprising, Elite Eight, but now it’s time to see who can close the door. It’s Final Four time.

There are four teams left in the NCAA Tournament, each looking to etch their place in history: Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Syracuse. None of these teams comes as a surprise to be left in the tournament except for Syracuse.

Syracuse wasn’t even sure if they were going to be selected to play in the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday. Fortunately for them, they ended up being one of the last four teams to make it into tournament play, and before we knew it, Syracuse made history.

The 10th seeded Syracuse Orange are the first 10 seed team to sneak its way into the Final Four, and the fourth double digit team to do so in the history of the tournament.

With that said, Syracuse doesn’t have enough firepower to win the National Championship. However, they have a great chance of beating the top-seeded Tar Heels of North Carolina.

North Carolina is a poor three-point shooting team, and could arguably be the worst in the tournament. If its senior point guard, Marcus Paige, gets off to a slow start behind the three-point arc, don’t expect the Tar Heels to find an answer.

With the intense 2-3 zone that Syracuse thrives off of, it will force North Carolina to make perimeter shots. This is a huge advantage for the Orange, so don’t be surprised if there is an ‘upset’ in this game.

My pick to win this tournament? Villanova.

From what we’ve seen from this year’s tournament there are three things that win games: discipline, defense and coaching.

Villanova may not have the best scorers in the country, but they score the basketball efficiently because they stay discipline in their offensive sets. They never rush, never panic, and they play at their own pace.

On the opposite side of the ball, Villanova has the ability to change the state of the game within three possessions. Its ability to force turnovers, and to turn those turnovers into points makes them a tough team to beat.

And last but not least, head coach Jay Wright.

Wright isn’t the best coach in the tournament, but he’s a winner with a history of success. With a deep bench to rely on, he always know who to turn to for production. He’s always cool and calm on the sideline, and encourages his players. And don’t forget, Wright has experience in the Final Four too, taking the 2009 Wildcats to the same point before bowing out to UNC, the eventual National Champion.

To all you North Carolina, Syracuse and Oklahoma fans, my apologies. It’s the Wildcats turn to get the job done. Villanova will be your 2016 NCAA National Champions.

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