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Three classic bracket debates

Duke's team is nowhere near one of their best squads, but have a head coach that always make them a threat to advance in the NCAA Tournament.

Duke’s team is nowhere near one of their best squads, but have a head coach that always make them a threat to advance in the NCAA Tournament.

There are so many ways to pick your bracket. Some people take an overall look at each team’s resume. Some people look at the records and RPI. Some look at common opponents and results. Some people even go with the best mascots of colors. But there as many interesting debates to have when picking your bracket.

Coaching vs. Talent

Coaches can take a team a long way in the NCAA Tournament, but if we’re going picking based on coaches let’s just advance Kansas, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State to the Final Four right now – which doesn’t seem like a crazy Final Four anyway – but it takes more than just a great coach to make a run in the NCAA Tournament, especially considering the quick turnarounds. While an all-time coach could great a perfect gameplan in only a few hours, it is easy to see how the top coaches usually advance early in the weekend while the most athletic and talented teams get through in their second game of the weekend.

Experience vs. Athleticism

Look at Stephen F. Austin. This is a great that has made four-straight NCAA Tournaments, so every non-first year player has been here before. That is dangerous for a mid-major team. Usually those small schools are happy to be in the tournament and get rolled over as the bigger schools don’t let the high pressure of the moment get to them. But for Stephen F. Austin, this is just another year. They’ve done this three times already and they know what it takes to win. But man do they have a very good first round opponent. West Virginia is a dangerous team that many pick to be in the Final Four, but they only start on senior. California is another very talented team, but require big things from two freshmen.

Superstars vs. Balance

Kris Dunn is the kind of guy who can put Providence on his back and lead them to any win, but USC has five guys who average between 11 points and 13 points per game with no true go-to scorer. Texas Tech has seven guys averaging between eight and 11 points per game, but don’t have that one guy who if you get the ball in his hands at the end of the game then you know good things will happen, like North Carolina has with Marcus Paige. At what point does an NBA talent like Stony Brook’s Jameel Warney no longer pay off?

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