By Charles Glover, Jr.
March Madness has begun in college basketball and the best is yet to come as the men’s NCAA tournament is set to begin on Tuesday. The top seeds for the tournament are Kentucky, Villanova, Duke, and Wisconsin. Despite Kentucky enjoying a perfect season on the way to the tournament, as their coach, John Calipari rightly said on Selection Sunday. “Every team is at a 0-0 entering the NCAA Tournament.” Here are some head coaching jobs at schools that also deserve recognition this year.
Georgetown: The Hoyas have been flying under the radar all season but they have been a solid team all year. They lost a heart-breaker to Xavier in the semis of the Big East tournament. John Thompson III hopes his team has learned lessons quickly as he prepares them for a matchup against Eastern Washington on Thursday. The team will be further inspired by the improving health of Georgetown icon John Thompson Jr. who recently had surgery for a twisted intestine.
UCLA: The Bruins have been the most questioned team selected to the tournament. Meanwhile, quality teams like Temple and Richmond did not receive the invite they were hoping for. UCLA might have benefitted from playing in a historically strong conference and having a good finish to their regular season. Head coach Steve Alford will have to prepare UCLA for the tough test of the SMU Mustangs,coached by Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.
Manhattan: The Jaspers have been playing the best basketball this winter in Manhattan with no apologies to the New York Knicks. The Jaspers were in the news before the season due the controversy surrounding the resume of head coach of Steve Masiello during his short-lived departure to South Florida. Now the Jaspers are on their way back to the NCAA tournament with a chance to at victory in the first round in a matchup against Hampton.
Northeastern: The Huskies ended a 24- year drought by winning the Colonial Athletic Association tournament to earn their bid into the NCAA tournament. The Huskies are a good 3-point shooting team which can help them win a game or two. Northeastern will make the most of their first appearance at the big dance since 1991. Bill Coen will have a tough challenge to come up with a game plan to slow down Notre Dame on Thursday.
St. John’s: The Red Storm had a strong middle of the season that did not end well in then Big East tournament. Nonetheless, they have a chance to turn things around in the NCAA tournament if they can get fantastic perimeter play. The absence of suspended Center Chris Obekpa will force head coach Steve Lavin to dig deep in talent pool to defeat San Diego State.
New Mexico State: The Aggies stand out among most teams due to the size of the players in their rotation, with four being 6’8″ or taller. Their size helps them get to the free throw line often, which occasionally helps them overpower their opponents. Head coach Marvin Menzies hopes that size really does matter as they hope to upset Kansas on Friday.–OnPointPress.net–
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