Print RSS
One Man's View Of The NCAA South Regional
March 28, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Seth Davis of and CBS Sports predicted what will happen in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. Here’s his take on the South Region.

Kansas vs. Michigan
What does it say that Kansas is capable of winning two tough NCAA tournament games with its most talented player, Ben McLemore, scoring a total of 13 points on 2-for-14 shooting? Either this team is playing with fire and is ready to get burned, or it's so good that it can survive and advance at less than its best. I think it's the latter. I expect McLemore to break out and play well, but even if he's less than stellar, the Jayhawks have showed just how much of an asset it is to have four seniors, including three fifth-year seniors, in the starting lineup. That's a stark contrast with a Michigan team that features four freshmen among its top seven scorers.
Kansas 77, Michigan 70

Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast
Nobody wants this fairy tale to keep going more than I do, and yes, I am the guy who called Florida the most overrated team in the bracket. Here's the difference: Florida Gulf Coast went home this week and had a huge pep rally. Florida went home and realized its season was just beginning. That is a huge psychological difference from the first week. I also like that this is Billy Donovan's best defensive team since the Joakim Noah-led group that went back to back in 2006 and '07, and if Mike Rosario keeps playing like he did against Minnesota (25 points, 6-for-9 three-point shooting), then the Gators could win the whole thing.
Florida 80, Florida Gulf Coast 69

Kansas vs. Florida
The Gators advanced to the Elite Eight the last two years, only to come up short by four points (to Louisville) and three (Butler). I wish I could tell Gators fans that this time will be different, but I can't. Kansas is the best defensive team in the country, but unlike Florida, the Jayhawks have several players who are capable of scoring 30 points. That is a major advantage against a Gators squad that is small defensively on the perimeter.
Kansas 76, Florida 70

< Insider
Popular on
Load More