The NCAA Basketball Tournament is underway! There are 68 schools in the tournament and Sigma Lambda Beta has entities at 22 of them. We ask college Hoops expert Eddie Martinez (Kappa Chapter) to rank the best schools with SLB entities. See if you what school he thinks has the best chance of winning the tournament!
Led by Lauri Markkanen, a 7-footer with great shooting touch out to the 3-point line, Arizona boasts and excellent combination of skill and athleticism.
The Wildcats are led by standout one-and-done freshman, what else is new? Malik Monk is a high-scoring guard from outside, and De’Aaron Fox is the engine that makes this team go.
The Ducks were a popular pick to win it all, until Chris Boucher tore his ACL in the Pac12 Tournament. Oregon still remains a threat to go deep, led by Dillon Brooks. How far they go depends on how the supporting cast steps up in Boucher’s void.
Fast-paced highlights have been coming out of Westwood ever since Head Coach Steve Alford handed the keys to star freshman point guard Lonzo Ball (please don’t bring up Lavar Ball lol). The key for UCLA garnering wins will depend on DEFENSE.
This is the deepest team in the country, they’re almost too deep. The rotation might shorten going forward. Jonathan Isaac is a mismatch nightmare given his size, athleticism and skillset. He’s a future top-10 pick come June.
Caleb Swanigan’s impressive improvement have him in discussions for Player of the Year, he leads the Boilermakers. The x-factors are Carsen Edwards (scorer/shooter) and Vince Edwards (VERSATILE on both sides of the floor).
The Big 12 Tournament champs are hot in the perfect time. Monte Morris is the consummate point guard that thrives so many different ways offensively. He surrounded by good shooters and a bruising combo forward in Deonte Burton. The lack of height is worrisome among their bigs.
This team rallied together and make a surprising run last year under Head Coach Greg Gard, they have an experienced group that has played very well. But Villanova lurks in the second round, tough draw for the Badgers.
Although they’re from a mid-major league, this is a high-major program with several players capable of putting points on the board. Markus McDuffie and Landry Shamet are the ones to watch closely, they’re immensely talented.
This is a sleeper team that could go far, as long as nobody from their starting five gets in foul trouble. Semi Ojeleye might put a couple dudes on posters, you’ve been warned.
Rest of the Field
Florida – Zeta Beta
Michigan – Zeta
Minnesota – Alpha Beta
Oklahoma State – Beta Epsilon
South Carolina – Zeta Epsilon
Northwestern – Lambda Epsilon
Michigan State – MSU Colony
Marquette – Gamma Beta
Kansas State – Phi
Southern California – Omega Gamma
Creighton – Creighton Colony
UC Davis – Mu Gamma