The 2008 March Madness bracket tournament is all set. Leading the pack in the East is the number one seed, North Carolina Tar Heels.
The North Carolina Tar Heels wrapped up first place in the regular season, capturing the ACC conference title by coming up with a 76-68 victory over the Duke Blue Devils.
The win over the Duke Blue Devils gave the Tar Heels a 14-2 regular-season conference record and a 29-2 overall mark. Duke finished 13-3 in the conference. Usual starters for North Carolina are point guard Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, Marcus Ginyard, Deon Thompson, and Tyler Hansbrough.
The 2nd seed in the East Division belongs to Tennessee Volunteers. Having won its first outright SEC championship in 41 years, Tennessee now hopes to break another jinx. Despite their success in their two seasons under head coach Bruce Pearl, they won the SEC Eastern Division in 2006 and were tied for second last year, the Tennessee Volunteers have been one-and-done in the conference tournament.
The Tennessee Volunteers have not gotten out of the second round of the tournament since 1991, the season before the league expanded to 12 teams. Volunteers head coach Bruce Pearl is hopeful that will change this year after they rolled to a 14-2 conference record with their 89-56 thumping of South Carolina in the regular season finale.
In the Midwest Division, the number one seed belongs to the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks seem equipped to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2003. ”This is the year,” Kansas guard Brandon Rush said.
”This is the year we’ve got to do it. We’ve got five seniors leaving. Some might be leaving early. We’ve got to make it happen. We’re not ever going to have a team like this again.”
Brandon Rush, a junior for the Kansas Jayhawks, and forward Darrell Arthur, a sophomore, likely will be selected in the first round of this summer’s NBA draft. Guards Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins could follow suit.
The 2nd seed belongs to the Georgetown Hoyas. Georgetown finished the season with 27-5 (15-3) to earn them the number two seed in the Midwest Division. Georgetown is 6-0 this season in games decided by three points or fewer. The senior class currently has a 19-4 record in one-possession games for their careers.
In the South Division, the top seed belongs to the Memphis Tigers.
The goal for second-ranked Tigers, now that it has its second No.1 seed in three seasons, is pretty simple, the 2008 NCAA Final Four or bust. This will be the Tigers’ 21st NCAA tournament appearance, their fifth in six years, but they haven’t played in the Final Four since 1985.
The lone appearance for these Memphis Tigers in the national championship game was 1973, when it lost to UCLA.
The number two seed belongs to the Texas Longhorns. The Big 12 championship Texas shared with Kansas was the second in three seasons for the Longhorns and their third overall in 10 years. The 26 regular-season wins is a record for Texas, which has won at least 25 games in five of the past six seasons.
In the West Division, the UCLA Bruins are at the top, earning the No.1 seed in the West. ”It’s great that we’re close to home,” Pac-10 player and freshman of the year Kevin Love said. ”This is my first time around, so I’m excited for it.”
The third-ranked UCLA Bruins (31-3) earned the school’s first No.1 seed since 1995, when the Bruins won their 11th national championship.
The second seed in the West belongs to the Duke Blue Devils. The Blue Devils’ 76-68 loss to North Carolina, a defeat that cost the Blue Devils the regular-season ACC championship, denied them the top seed in the conference tournament. Duke fell to 13-3 in ACC play and 26-4 overall.
Who will win the 2007-08 NCAA College Basketball Championship? Sportsbetting.com has the odds.
UCLA Bruins 9-2
Memphis Tigers 6-1
Duke Blue Devils 9-1
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