Why Kansas Will Win Southwest Bracket:
By Guest Blogger Brian Murphy:
I will be covering the Southwest bracket throughout the tournament and I will start off with two blogs on why Kansas and why Notre Dame will win the bracket. Let’s first start with Kansas.
Obviously, as the #1 seed, Kansas is the favorite to come out of the Southwest bracket to the Final Four. The Jayhawks had an incredible regular season with a record of 32-2 (14-2 in the Big 12). Led by the Morris borthers, Kansas is the #2 team in the country and a very trendy pick to win it all.
I don’t see Kansas struggling with an opponent in the first two rounds of their bracket as they open up against the 16 seed Boston U and then either UNLV or Illinois in the second round. The Sweet 16 match-up that I think will give the Jayhawks the most trouble is Louisville. The Cardinals have been playing hot of late and come from the infamous Big East. Kansas has not played a team in the Big East this season, so it should be interesting to see how they stack up.
A date with most likely the 2-seed Notre Dame or 3-seed Purdue will be the last roadblock for Kansas to win the Southwest Bracket. I think the Jayhawks would have no trouble with Purdue. Marcus and Markieff Morris would be too much to handle for the Boilermakers. Kansas played one team from the Big Ten early this year, Michigan, and won in overtime. Notre Dame will be a much tougher match-up for Kansas because they are a veteran team that can play some great defense. Kansas is 5th in the NCAA in PPG at 82.4 and 1st in FG percentage at 51.4%. Their offensive firepower and experience of the NCAA Tournament will be too much to handle for the other teams in the Southwest Bracket.
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