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NCAA basketball’s best teams, players and games: A guide to this year’s March Madness

March 14, 2018 3:37 PM
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Now that March is actually here, the real madness about to begin.

March seemed to start early this season. Upsets seemingly every week, buzzer beaters, eye-popping performances.

This year’s NCAA Tournament could be one of the wildest yet — and that’s saying something after the past few years of bracket chaos.

To get you ready, we’ve got a rundown of the top teams, players, games and potential upsets.

Virginia: The old cliche of defence wins championships could come true this year. The lockdown Cavaliers are that good on D.

Villanova: Forget about some of the recent early NCAA exits. Jay Wright and the Wildcats have that national-title look again.

Xavier: The Musketeers are dynamic and have one of the best players in the country in Trevon Bluiett.

Kansas: A record 14th straight Big 12 title, a tournament championship to go with it and Devonte Graham. Don’t bet against Bill Self and the Jayhawks.

North Carolina: The defending national champions are poised for another deep run.

Trae Young, Oklahoma. The Sooners may have struggled down the stretch, but Young is the type of player capable of a Steph Curry-like run.

Deandre Ayton, Arizona. The Bahamian big man has been called a unicorn and a cyborg. He may be the most physically dominating player in the field.

Trevon Bluiett, Xavier. A quiet star who does nothing but make big plays and win games.

Jalen Brunson, Villanova. The Bluiett description fits the Wildcats’ guard as well.

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