Everything you read this time of year should be research for filling out that NCAA tournament bracket. And there's nothing like inside info, eh?
To that point, Seth Davis did the legwork to provide the scoop on 19 teams from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten and SEC. It's all from head coaches and assistants, talking off the record about their conference rivals.
So do yourself a favor and read the thing.
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|Keaton Nankivil and Wisconsin should be a tough out in the NCAA tournament.
For anyone tired of clicking, I added some snippets below, with the occasional comment. He'll have the dish on the Big 12, Pac-10 and other assorted teams next week.
GEORGIA TECH: The biggest problem with Georgia Tech is that the Jackets invent turnovers. They play faster than they need to play at times, and that's why they turn it over. They're playing [Gani] Lawal and [Derrick] Favors, who are two mountains masquerading as men, but there's not a lot of room when you play those two guys because they're both low post players.
(That seemed to work for Florida in 2006 and '07, but only because Joakim Noah was so mobile. And he was hardly a mountain masquerading as a man.)
CINCINNATI: [Bob Huggins] was playing [Devin] Ebanks at the point early in the year, but they went to Purdue and got whacked and they haven't played him there since.
UCONN: I've got a feeling they're going to go on a run right now. They're the team you don't want to play in the Big East tournament.
(The coach he talked to must've had the same feeling Dave Ommen got before West Virginia's loss to UConn on Monday.)
OHIO STATE: Their main weakness is they only go six deep. I thought they were sucking wind at the end of the Purdue game, and they were at home. I think they play so much zone because they can rest in it.
WISCONSIN: Oh man, I hate the Badgers. That swing offense drives you crazy, but if their guards are not scoring it can really hurt them. They know who they are. They have multiple ballhandlers and scorers, they're a good passing team, a great free-throw shooting team, they have great shot selection.
(The Badgers are the ultimate "respected" team. Coaches and computers love 'em, but fans seem to hate 'em because they play so slow. Tough. Bo Ryan makes it work.)
MICHIGAN STATE: They always seem to get hot in March, but I'm not sure I see that happening this year. I'm a little more leery about this group than I've been the last few years.
KENTUCKY: Nobody gets up and down the floor like John Wall, but when you get into the tournament, the pace tends to slow down. Teams that are averaging 75 points a game are going to get 70 or fewer. If people put a premium on possessions, they are going to have to make perimeter shots.
(We'll hear more about Kentucky's half-court offense in the next few weeks, but a lot of it will be overblown provided DeMarcus Cousins stays out of foul trouble.)
VANDERBILT: Honestly, I don't know that they have a real weakness. I was surprised they didn't beat Kentucky, though you're obviously not going to beat many teams shooting 2-for-20 from three.
(Wow. The 'Dores rate as the SEC's version of Wisconsin.)
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