College basketball is almost here and the big question in my dm’s and on some of my streams is who are a couple teams that have the ability to be that Cinderella and make a run in March? It’s time we all get on the same page and get some bets placed so when March gets here we are in good shape with massive value… Here are some teams I have my eyes on that warrant a play and that could be a longshot darling.
HARVARD 150/1: First of all the Crimson are coached by a guy in Tommy Amaker whose as good as it gets. He’s compiled 7 league titles in 12 years. This guy just knows how to win and this group has the upper hand this year to get to the tournament hosting the Ivy League conference tourney. The thing is though, they will have plenty of chances for quality wins early in the season and no one really outside of Penn worries me much in this conference. Harvard welcomes back the three headed monster of Seth Townes, Chris Lewis and Bryce Aiken, a group that responsible for almost 50 points per game last year.The bench is very talent rich with higher level recruits, which is a testament to how good Amaker is that he can pry them to the Ivy. They are a team full of experience, cohesion and continuity plus a superstar in Aiken. Amaker has a special team and without a doubt the strongest he’s had at Harvard and are as strong as it gets on the mid major level. I smell a deep March run for the Crimson.
WESTERN KENTUCKY 1000/1: I will try to in a paragraph tell you how much I love the Hilltoppers, but it will be hard. I adore them. To me they have one of the best players in the country in big Charles Bassey, whose just too good for Conference USA. They also welcome back guards in Taevion Hollingsworth, Josh Anderson and Josh Savage who were all major contributors last season. One of the major issues last year was the inability of them to have a consistent shooter. I love the move bringing in Cameron Justice, a sharpshooter for IUPUI. Last year he averaged 19 ppg and shot 36 percent from 3. The real excitment though could await on the transfer waiver front with former Lipscomb PG Kenny Cooper. He’s still waiting on approval but getting him eligible could just provide another addition to the incredible wealth at guard for Rick Stansbury. One thing I also loved last season was how tenacious at times WKU was defensively. They rebounded very well and were good from the line. The big bugaboo was turnovers and with all the guards they brought in I have to figure that will improve significantly. WKU should be a rock on defense and have no problem putting up plenty of points led by Bassey and the great cache of guards they have. They have a good OOC schedule where they can build for March. Not only can they get to the tourney, but they can win a few games and be a fun Cinderella.