2013 NCAA Final Four Predictions; Men’s Basketball Tournament Picks

2013 NCAA Final Four Predictions; Men’s Basketball Tournament Picks

The 2013 NCAA Final Four will be played in Atlanta, Georgia this upcoming April. There is nothing in all of sports like the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. 68 Teams participate in the event until only one team is left standing. Here are my picks for the 2013 NCAA Final Four along with one thing that may prevent each of them from making it to Atlanta to compete for a National Championship.

2013 NCAA Final Four Teams

– Louisville University
Louisville has one of the the most talented teams in the nation, the question is whether they can come together as a team and put their egos aside. Junior guard Russ Smith, also known as “Russdiculous,” is off to a great start, leading the team in points with 20 a game, and in steals with 2.8. Russ has earned the nickname Russdiculous because of his off the court antics, but it looks like he is set to let his on court performance speak for itself. Someone who is not off to a great start is Senior guard Peyton Silva. Silva is shooting just under 29% from the field, but is contributing seven assists a game. Even the defense has been strong this year under coach Rick Pitino. Louisville looks like an early candidate as an NCAA tournament 1 seed, and a team bound for the 2013 Final Four.

What Will Prevent Them From Making the Final Four?
As mentioned above, Russ Smith and several others on the Louisville team seem attracted to trouble. If Smith and others can put their egos aside and stay out of trouble, the Cardinals should be dancing through the Tournament field.

– Syracuse University
Coach Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange came just one win from making the 2012 Final Four, losing toOhio State in the Elite Eight. This year they returned Senior guard Brandon Triche and Senior forward James Southerland who lead the team in points with 15.3 and 14.3 per game respectively. The Orange’s defense has been even better than their offense so far this year. Syracuse is currently fourth in the nation in blocks with 8.33 blocks per game, and first in the nation in steals with 15 per game. Syracuse will try to come out of the Big East with a solid seed in the NCAA Tournament and they do have the team to contend for a spot in the 2013 Final Four.

What Will Prevent Them From Making the Final Four?
The Big East. Although they have an easy path in pre-conference play, the Orange will face Louisville twice, UCONN, Cincinnati, Georgetown, and other tough Big East foes. If they can make it out of the Big East with a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, they should be able to make a deep run.

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