1. The Villain
aka Evan Turner will probably be named National Player of the Year. He is Ohio State. Literally. 4 of 5 starters play 35 minutes or more. There is no fall back position. He needs to be the best player in the country for tOSU to advance. The Villain led tOSU to a Big 10 title, can he lead tOSU to the Final 4?
2. The Freshman
Forget Dicky V's diaper dandy stuff....No freshman since Carmelo Anthony has led his team to a national championship. John Wall has the potential to do that for Kentucky (before it's erased due to recruiting violations by Calipari). The question...will he?
Don't ask what Ashley Judd is willing to do for a Kentucky Championship (you can order the DVD from BSD later this month tho)3. The Fill In
In one of the weird connections Roy Williams left Kansas for UNC unable to win the big game. Since being at UNC Williams has won 2 Championships. Bill Self who replaced Williams has won 1. Can he tie Williams championship run this year?
4. The Knee
Syracuse has been as good as any team in the NCAA this year. Their destruction of Villanova still ranks as my best win of the year. However questions are circling Syracuse over the injured quad of Arinze Onuaku. If he's healthy it's hard not to think of 'Cuse at least as an elite 8 team, without Onuaku well it might be a far earlier exit.
5. The Pyrite
Since Duke's loss to UConn in the Final 4, Duke has been the equivalent of fool's gold. They look good in the regular season (winner's of 9 of the past 12 ACC tournaments) but crapping out in the Madness (haven't advanced deeper than the sweet 16). With a high seed and senior leadership will they be the year the Dookies live up to their hype?
7. The Cinderellas
The beauty of the Madness is the possibility/potential for the Cinderella run. With the major conferences as weak as I can remember the ball room is open for some dancing with glass slippers. Potentials range from the A-10 (Temple, Xavier), the MWC (BYU, New Mexico), and the WAC (Utah State)