Second-seeded Kansas has the best freshman in the nation in Andrew Wiggins who can simply take over games. Even if he is without talented post Joel Embiid, he is more than capable of carrying the Jayhawks deep, past the likes of New Mexico and Syracuse. A meeting with No. 1 seed Florida and their dominant defense would be too much to overcome in the Elite Eight.
The No. 9 seed Oklahoma State Cowboys are one of my surprise teams to look out for. Led by sophomore point guard Marcus Smart, the Cowboys are a dangerous shooting team. Since Smart's return from a suspension following an altercation with a Texas Tech fan, the Pokes are 5-2 and rolling.
A second-round meeting with No. 1 seed Arizona will be the big test, but the Wildcats aren't exactly healthy and aren't the best from the field. I think the Cowboys can pull off the shocker en route to a trip to the Elite Eight and a meeting with the stout Wisconsin Badgers.
3. St. Joe's will wear the glass slipper
Every year there is a Cinderella team that the nation falls in love with. There are plenty of potential suitors, but this year, I believe the shoe fits the Saint Joseph's Hawks.
The Hawks are red hot after a victory over the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the Atlantic 10 Championship and will be coming into the tournament as a No. 10 seed in the East region.
This team can shoot from just about anywhere on the floor. They also get great senior leadership from the likes of Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts and Halil Kanacevic – a severely under-rated strength come tournament time.
If they can make it past Connecticut in the first round, and I believe they will, the Hawks will likely draw a rematch with the Villanova Wildcats. In their last meeting, Dec. 7, the 'Cats embarrassed the Hawks at home, 98-68. But these are two totally different teams at this stage.