The Sweet 16 lineup is complete following the first four-day weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Of the 16 teams, five are from the ACC, but surprisingly missing in that group of five is Virginia.
Most of basketball insiders have said all season that the Big 12 was the country’s top conference, but that likely is no longer the case. With five teams heading to the Sweet 16 from the ACC, the conference now can claim the prize of the best in the nation.
There is even a possibility of having a Final Four that is all ACC.
Four of the best Sweet 16 will be:
- Wichita State vs. Notre Dame - While Notre Dame is an excellent offense, Wichita State is strong at both ends. Fred VanVleet vs. Jerian Grant is one of the best point guard matchups you will find. The Shockers are lower seeded which is further proof they did not get any respect on Selection Sunday.
- West Virginia vs. Kentucky – In 2010, the Wildcats were top seeded in the tournament and were bounced out prior to the Final Four and Bob Huggins, the coach of the Mountaineers devised the plan that eliminated Kentucky. Just because of that this matchup will be a must see.
- Utah vs. Duke – Both the Utes and Blue Devils are solid offensive teams and suggest that this could be the game that will be the closest of all of the Sweet 16 matchups. With a strong guard on both teams and a dominant big man on both, this will not be an easy game for Duke.
- North Carolina vs. Wisconsin – Both these teams were preseason top 10 schools, making it the only game of the 8 in the Sweet 16 between two preseason top 10 teams. Wisconsin was third while the Tar Heels were sixth.
All four of the top four teams in the preseason top 10 – Kentucky, Arizona, Wisconsin and Duke remain in the tournament and six of the 10 – North Carolina and Louisville remain overall.
Defense has been called what wins championships, but this game is all about putting the ball in the hoop and six of the top seven teams in the nation at scoring remain in the Big Dance.
The best offensive team is Wisconsin that remains and they are No. 1, the worst is Louisville at No. 74. The best defensive team is Kentucky at No. 1 and the worst Notre Dame at No. 103.