McDonald’s in Scotland

Scotland is rich in culture and food, making it the perfect place for a McDonald’s. Scotland’s culture and food are very unique. Scottish people like to participate in lots of activities and events. Scottish people eat many different types of food and are not afraid to try anything. Because of Scotland’s great culture, McDonald’s would prosper greatly in Scotland.

Scotland is known for it’s upbeat culture. People there competes in many different sports such as soccer, golf, rugby, and tennis. It has many scenic golf courses and clubs, which host lots of tournaments. In Scotland there are lot’s of languages spoken such as Gaelic, English, and Polish. Because of these different languages, you will meet a lot of different people there. They also create interesting pieces of art, such as carvings, whittlings, and cloth making. They enjoy folk music and Irish step – dancing. The interesting culture and diversity in Scotland makes the country very unique.

    Scotland has a variety of cuisine that is very different from most countries. People eat meats such as lamb, salmon, venison, sausage, and Ayrshire bacon. They eat many types of stews and broths such as haggis. Haggis, which is sheep lungs and spices mixed in a broth, is the national dish of Scotland. You will see Haggis in many households served in a large bowl. After Scot’s eat their main course, they begin making homemade desserts. They enjoy desserts such as shortbread, scones, dundee cake, scottish fudge, and oatcakes. The restaurants in Scotland are mostly casual. Pubs and diners are some of the most common eating venues you will see in Scotland. Scottish people eat at a very fast pace. In Scotland, some restaurants can get you in and out in 10 – 15 minutes even with a full house.

Scotland could very much benefit Mcdonalds because it is missing the uniqueness that Scotland is. If McDonald’s were to start business in Scotland, it would create a new eating experience for Scottish people. Therefore, many scottish people would come and enjoy their nations food in a new way.

Weekly Dish: Best Big Men in NCAA

As the end of the college basketball season approaches, you start to look forward to the NBA draft. The one thing that almost every team wants to add is a skillful big man. The only problem is that it is very hard to find one. The draft class of 2013 has 5 players of that height who have moves inside that are outstanding. These players all have potential. As all basketball coaches say, “You can’t coach height.”

 

  • Mason Plumlee of the Duke Blue Devils is a senior and has improved every year under Coach K. This Duke team has little depth, so Mason plays almost the whole game. Mason and Ryan Kelly make up the most feared frontcourt in the nation. Mason has the ability to beat his defender off the dribble, or to go in the post and use his array of moves there. He is having an incredible senior season, averaging 17.2 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game.

 

  • Alex Len of the Maryland Terrapins is from the Ukraine, and has made this Maryland squad a “bubble” team for the NCAA tournament. He is already built like an NBA player, weighing 255 lbs and all muscle. The scary thing is that he is only a sophomore. He is averaging 11.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He has accomplished this being his team’s only “real” post presence. He is double teamed almost every time he catches the ball. Also, Maryland is a guard dominated team, meaning that the offense is based on three-pointers and isolations for various guards.

 

  • Kelly Olynyk of the Gonzaga Wildcats from British Columbia is the main reason that his team is currently ranked #1 in the nation. Teamed with Elias Harris in the frontcourt, Kelly is a force on the glass. He is averaging 17.3 points per game, and 7 rebounds per game, while maintaining an unheard of .665% shooting percentage. The most intriguing aspect of his game is that he runs the floor like a guard, constantly beating opposing forwards down the court for easy hoops.

 

  • Nerlens Noel of the Kentucky Wildcats is the next prodigy of the “one and done” rule. His draft stock has dropped significantly because of a torn ACL injury that cost him the rest of his freshman season. The #1 prospect in 2012 ESPN 100, he has not lived up to the expectations. He had just begun to take control of the Wildcat squad when he went out with the season ending injury. He powered his team to a victory over then ranked #16 Ole Miss team, with 14 blocks. Nerlens averaged 10.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game. He has been valued so highly because of his uncanny leaping ability and his overall defensive presence.

 

  • Cody Zeller of the Indiana Hoosiers was considered the best player in the draft by many before the season started. He and Christian Watford have become one of the top 1-2 punch duos in the nation. While standing 7 feet tall, he can still hit the mid range jump shot, and is fairly consistent from the free throw line. The Hoosiers team has so many options on offense that it is simply outstanding that Cody is still averaging 16.8 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game. I believe that Cody will surprise people with his immediate impact in the NBA.

While none of these players will be the next “LeBron James,” any NBA team would be very happy if they fell to them during the draft. These players could all take an NBA team to the “next level”. Of this group of players, none are the same as the next, but they are all worthy of a lottery selection in the upcoming draft.

Weekly Dish: Best Wings in the Draft

Every coach says that defense wins games, but honestly someone has to score. The usual scorer breed are shooting guards or point guards. As the NBA draft approaches, teams begin looking in the college landscape for players who can put the ball into the hoop for their team. I believe that there are 5 players that will provide an instant impact in the NBA in the scoring department.

  • Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Hoosiers is the best defender of shooting guards and small forwards in the nation. He constantly draws the assignment of guarding the opposing team’s best player. As a junior under Tom Crean, he has been compared to Dwayne Wade on numerous occasions. He is averaging 13.7 points per game, while shooting an incredible .614% from the field, and .464% from outside. On the defensive end he has been averaging 2.2 steals per game, and as a guard he has grabbed 6.2 rebounds a game. With great jumping ability, a great basketball IQ, a rapidly improving outside shot, and great defensive ability, Victor will be a presence in the NBA for a long time.

  • Brandon Paul of the Illinois Fighting Illini is the true definition of a scoring guard. He has improved his game every year at Illinois, and as a senior he has had a breakout year. Brandon is averaging 16.3 points per game. His defining game of the year came against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. He had 35 points, shot 10-11 from the charity stripe, and propelled the Fighting Illini to a victory over the now ranked #1 team in the nation. In a victory against Indiana he scored 21 points while Victor Oladipo was guarding him. With a quality jump shot and the ability to score inside, I believe that Brandon will make a career in the NBA.

  • Erick Green of the Virginia Tech Hokies is a senior on one of the worst teams in the ACC. This means that he is constantly receiving double and sometimes triple teams. Teams know that he is the Hokies’ only real scoring option, but he is still scoring 25.4 points per game, which is the best in the nation. Because of Erick Green opposing teams don’t want to face the Hokies. He has done all this shooting .482% from the field and .392% from three point range. He can score from anywhere on the court, and any way possible.

  • Shabazz Muhammad of the UCLA Bruins can score with any shot in the book. Pull up jumpers, three pointers, dunks, or floaters, it doesn’t matter. He can take his man off the dribble or spot around the three point line and make them. As the #2 rank in the 2012 ESPN 100, a lot was expected of him. He is averaging 18.3 points per game, while shooting a .417% from outside the three point line. Maybe the best features of his game are that he isn’t afraid of the pressure and he demands the ball in pressure situations.

  • Ben McLemore of the Kansas Jayhawks is the only starting freshman on the Kansas team. The other 4 starters are all seniors, and all of them want to score. As a freshman he is on pace to break scoring records for Kansas freshman of all time. Ben is averaging 16.7 points per game, while shooting .501% from the field, and .434% from deep. Even though he is only a freshman, he has taken over a leadership role to lead the Jayhawks into the Big 12 and the NCAA tournaments. In a game against Iowa State earlier in the season, while being double teamed with 3 seconds left in regulation, he banked in a three pointer to send the game into overtime, where he led his squad to victory.

These guards are all fun to watch play, and they all have room to continue improving in the NBA. As they get more mature, any of these players could have an immediate impact on a team in the NBA. These players can all play within a system, create for others, or get their own shots.

Weekly Dish: Third Round Upset Special

The third round of the tournament is where everything becomes interesting. After the upsets of the second round, everyone wants to see if they can keep winning and beating more power teams. After every team has played a game, the nervousness is gone and teams just want to keep dancing. The #1 and #2 seeds are the teams usually picked to advance into the Final Four, but this makes them marked teams as the other teams will do anything to take them off the top. I believe that some teams ranked from #6-10 can beat the teams ranked #1-3 in the third round of the NCAA tournament. There are 3 matchups in which heavy-weights could fall to lesser teams.

  • 1 Gonzaga vs. 8 Pittsburgh

Gonzaga: While Gonzaga was ranked #1 in the polls in the last week of the regular season, many people (including me) thought that this team was the worst best team in the nation ever. Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris are usually too much for a team to handle, but Pittsburgh has big men, as big and agile as Gonzaga’s. The key for Gonzaga will be guards David Stockton, Kevin Pangos, and Gary Bell Jr. They will have to shut down opposing guards, and be able to score from both inside and behind the arc.

Pittsburgh: In the Big East conference, this team finished 4th and had double digit victories over Syracuse and Georgetown. They create turnovers, get offensive rebounds, make shots from both inside and outside, and are experienced. Steven Adams and Talib Zanna are talented enough to compete with Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris. Tray Woodall and James Robinson are very poised shot makers and shot creators. The x-factor on the Panthers squad is Lamar Patterson. When he is scoring and attacking the rim, they are one of the most dangerous teams in the nation.

I believe if guards Tray and James outplay the opposing guards, and Steven and Talib hold their own against Kelly and Elias, then a win for the Panthers could be in store.

  • 1 Indiana vs. 8 North Carolina State

Indiana: Indiana is the best team, talent wise, in the country. With lottery selections Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo running the show they are unstoppable when they play the way that they can. Talented shooters in Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford spread the floor, and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell is a very steady point guard on the offensive and defensive ends. When this team plays poorly, they get down on themselves, miss makeable shots, and lack effort on defense.

North Carolina State: This Wolfpack squad had very high expectations in the preseason. They were chosen to finish first in the ACC and were ranked #8 in the preseason poll. While this team has not lived up to those goals, they have the talent to play with anyone. Richard Howell and C.J Leslie are one of the best frontcourt duos in the nation. Lorenzo Brown is a first round draft pick, and Scott Wood is one of the best long range shooters.

NC State will win if Richard Howell doesn’t give Cody Zeller anything easy, the Wolfpack control Victor Oladipo, and if C.J Leslie plays as if he is the best player on the court.

  • 2 Ohio State vs. 7 Notre Dame

Ohio State: This Ohio State team won the Big Ten tournament championship, and Thad Matta is one of the nation’s best coaches. Deshaun Thomas is the best scorer in the country out of the forward position because he is able to score in the post, mid range, or from behind the arc. Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott are the best defensive backcourt in the nation, and Aaron Craft stepped up throughout the Big Ten tournament. Lenzelle Smith Jr. has displayed toughness throughout his career as a Buckeye, and he has the ability to score 20 points on any given day. If Sam Thompson and LaQuinton Ross play their best in the NCAA’s, then they are very hard to beat.

Notre Dame: This team’s best win was against Louisville in a 5 overtime game, and they also beat a very good Marquette team in the Big East tournament. This team goes 4 big man deep, in Jack Cooley, Tom Knight, Garrick Sherman, and Zach Auguste. Eric Atkins, Jerian Grant, and Patrick Connaughton play almost the entire game at the guard spots. All three guards have specific skill sets that fit perfectly into the Irish system. Pat is a long range shooter, Jerian is an all around fantastic scorer, and Eric is a defensive minded point guard who knows how to get his teammates the ball in scoring positions.

If Jack, Tom, Garrick, and Zach dominate inside on the glass and in the paint, and Pat knocks down threes, then I believe that the Buckeyes could be facing an earlier exit than they imagined.

All three of the higher seeds have a chance to win it all, so if they lose in the third round, it will create chaos in a lot of people’s brackets. All the underdogs have the talent to defeat them, but you never know what will happen in the big dance.

Weekly Dish: Second Round Upset Special

My favorite time of the year. March Madness. The brackets are out, and the 68 teams in the field couldn’t be more pleased. Everyone loves seeing the “Cinderella” teams battle against the “heavyweights”. Of course there are the snubs and surprises, but overall I believe the selection committee did a great job. The bracket this year may be the hardest one ever. In the NCAA there are so many good teams, but no super powers that have a definite position as the best in the nation. The reason some people watch this tournament is for upsets. I am predicting four second round upsets in this year’s March Madness.

  • 6 Butler vs. 11 Bucknell

Butler: The Bulldogs have always been a fearsome foe in the NCAA’s ever since their remarkable Final Four run with the Gordon Hayward team. This year’s team starts with long range shooter, Rotnei Clarke, averaging 16.7 points per game. Big men Roosevelt Jones and Andrew Smith provide power inside. I believe that this Butler squad relies too much on its perimeter shooting and when shooting poorly could see a second exit at the hands of Bucknell.

Bucknell: Coming from the Patriot League, this team went relatively unknown throughout the regular season in the eyes of many. Senior center Mike Muscala averages 19 points per game. and 11.2 rebounds per game for the Bison. This team plays exceptional defense, and is very unselfish on offense.

Bucknell’s defense and Mike Muscala (left) may be enough to power the Bison past the Bulldogs in what should be a very tight and fun game to watch.

  • 6 University of California Los Angeles vs. 11 Minnesota

UCLA: The Bruins were in place for a victory but second leading scorer Jordan Adams (15.3 ppg) went down with a season ending injury. The scoring now comes down to Shabazz Muhammad and the Wear twins. With very little depth, and a lack of a true interior presence, they must make this game into a marathon, running up and down the court, in order to win.

Minnesota: The Golden Gophers have been the most inconsistent team in the nation this year, with victories over Indiana and Wisconsin, but also losses against Nebraska and Northwestern. Trevor Mbakwe has shown traces of dominance, but also has been a “no-show” in some games. Guards Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins have been even more inconsistent, scoring 20 points a game then shooting 1-15 in the next game.

I believe if the Gophers come in with the right mindset and are ready to play, they can beat anyone. If they play poorly the Bruins will take the victory.

  • 7 San Diego State vs. 10 Oklahoma

San Diego State: This team has achieved great things under coach Steve Fisher. The Aztecs have only one good player in Jamaal Franklin. The thing is, he is great. He is averaging 16.7 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game, which is unheard of for a team’s only good player. He is his team’s leading rebounder at 6’5” and he plays at guard. This team is in a slump of late and they could ride that bad wave into an early exit from the dance.

Oklahoma: I believe that they can bully San Diego State on the glass with Romero Osby. Romero is this team’s best player since Blake Griffin, and he is averaging 15.8 points per game and 7 rebounds per game. Under coach Lon Kruger, they will be experienced enough to win a game in the dance.

If the Sooners can take control of the paint and control the glass, then I believe a victory awaits them at the end of this game. Overall, this game is 50/50 with the winner most likely losing to Georgetown in the next round.

  • 7 Illinois vs. 10 Colorado

Illinois: John Groce, as a first year coach in the Big Ten, did a great job. Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson are the only real “players” on this team. The Fighting Illini are all isolations, and players don’t create for each other, just for themselves. They are weak on the glass, and are constantly beat in the paint.

Colorado: Tad Boyle has improved Colorado over the year. Andre Roberson is a walking “double double,” and Spencer Dinwiddie (15.6 ppg) and Askia Booker (12.4 ppg) are guards that can score the ball. This team is great under pressure and in close games, so if this one comes down to the wire, don’t be surprised if the Buffaloes get the victory.

If Illinois misses shots and Colorado uses their advantage on the glass, an early round exit for the slumping Illini could happen.

When this tournament is all said and done and a victor is crowned, these upsets may not occur, but I can guarantee that a Cinderella team will emerge and a power will fall early. In the NCAA tournament you never know what will happen, and that is part of the reason that I love watching college basketball.

Weekly Dish: Who Deserves the MVP

Every year the MVP discussion brings many different opinions for the winner of the most prestigious individual award. This award is defined as the most valuable player to his/her team in a season or the playoffs. Being the MVP means so much more than just a trophy. To receive this award one must be the best in what they do, and help their team more than anyone else in the league. All the winners that have retired are in the Hall of Fame. The seven who are not in the Hall of Fame are still active in professional basketball. These seven are Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, and Dirk Nowitzki. Every single one of these men are definite Hall of Famers (with the exception of Derrick Rose because he is still young).

Every player in the NBA is outstanding at the game of basketball. Every player was the best player on their high school team, and most were the best on their college team, and some are the best on their professional team. Of the players in the conversation this year, I believe that there are four players who have a reasonable chance to win the award.

  • The favorite is reigning MVP and World Champion, LeBron James. He has been on a tear leading up to All-Star weekend, and is a nightmare to face. He can score 30 points with ease every night, and shut down every player in the league. Over the off season he developed a solid mid range jump shot and a rapidly improving three point shot. The only negative is that he is on the best talent wise team in the league, and while he helps the Miami Heat a lot, they have two other all-stars in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He is averaging 27.3 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, 8.2 assists per game, and he’s capable of a triple double every night.
  • The most promising young player in the NBA is Kevin Durant. He is almost 7 feet tall, but has the ball handling skills to play a shooting guard. He has one of the prettiest releases of a three pointer in the league. Playing with Russell Westbrook makes the Oklahoma City Thunder “a highlight a second team”. He needs more muscle to his frame, but he is very mature for his age. He is averaging 29.2 points a game, 7.4 rebounds per game, and 4.4 assists per game, all above his career averages. He can score the ball from almost any spot past half court, with unlimited range, and he has a massive array of moves in the paint.
  • The person who has the most significant improvement from last year to this one is Carmelo Anthony. He has brought a New York Knicks squad to a 32-18 record, and made Madison Square Garden one of the most feared places to play an away game. Carmelo is near the top of the league in scoring with 28.6 a game and is hitting the boards more efficiently grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game this season. By playing power forward, he is a matchup nightmare. If you have a power forward guard him, he will use his speed to go by his defender, but if you put a small forward on him, he will use his power to get to the rim. He has allowed players such as Steve Novak, Raymond Felton, and J.R. Smith to play better.
  • The player who is the “sleeper” in this group is Tony Parker. The San Antonio Spurs never get enough attention across the country, but Tony has led them to a league leading 42-12 record coming into the All-Star break. Tim Duncan is still an important player in the NBA because Tony is such a magnificent leader. In games that fellow stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have to rest, because they are aging, he leads the Spurs to victory. He is averaging 20.8 points per game, and 7.6 assists per game. If this award truly means the player most valuable to his team wins, then Tony Parker is the deserving recipient.

Any one of the players in this group of four can come away with this award, and all of them are deserving. Each player is an all-star, and are very valuable to their respective teams. LeBron is on the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference, and Carmelo and the Knicks are second in the East. Tony and his Spurs are in first in the West, while Durant and the Thunder are right behind them. Each player is giving their team victories, which is all that the fans want.

Info Credit: ESPN

Weekly Dish: All-Star Snubs

All-star weekend is approaching, and everyone is excited for the festivities. It starts on Friday night, with the celebrity coached Rising Stars Challenge. This event is a game between the first year (Rookie) and second year (Sophomore) players. The coaches (Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal) had a draft to choose which players they want on their team. Next on Saturday Night, there is the Sears Shooting Stars challenge, the Sprite Slam Dunk contest, the Taco Bell skills contest, and the Foot Locker Three Point contest. The event is filled with high-flyers and shot makers. Finally on Sunday, the actual all-star game is played. It pits the two conferences (East vs. West) in a contest of the league’s best players.

With every NBA year, there comes an all-star game and an all- star roster. With every all-star roster, there is a group of players who fans believe should’ve received a bid, but didn’t. These people are classified as “All-Star snubs”. These players have significantly improved their teams, in more than one category and on both ends of the floor. I have chosen three players from each conference, and six players total.

First from the Eastern Conference:

  • Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets is a scoring center for the Brooklyn Squad. Brook has the most points for centers with 18.6 a game. With 7.4 rebounds a game and 2.1 blocks a game, it’s a sin he wasn’t on the original roster. He was put on the all-star team because Rajon Rondo went down with a season ending knee injury, but he wasn’t selected on the actual all-star roster.
  • Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks is the best player on the fast paced Hawks team. The team is 29-22 without Joe Johnson, last year’s best player. Josh is also one of two players to average 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1 steal per game. Josh is the only player averaging 16.5 points, 8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.
  • Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics is the heart of Celtics nation and a better player than Kevin Garnett (an all-star starter) but he didn’t receive a bid. Paul is averaging 18.5 points per game, 4.4 assists per game, and 6.4 rebounds per game. These numbers are not far off from his career numbers, and he is averaging more assists and rebounds than his career average. Without Rajon Rondo, Paul has willed his team to victories.

Then from the Western Conference:

  • Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is finally healthy and is the most valuable player on his team. He is averaging 20.9 points per game (2nd in the Western Conference) and 6.6 assists per game. His 45.1% from three point range is third best in the league, and he’s competing in the Foot Locker Three Point contest.
  • Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, is the defensive anchor of one of the top defenses in the league. He is averaging 13.2 points per game and 3.5 assists per game, which is almost unheard of, because he puts a lot of his effort on the defensive end off the floor and rebounding. He is also one of two players to average 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1 steal per game. Marc is an overall dominant player.
  • Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder has always been a formidable presence on the defensive end of the floor, but this year he has developed a solid offensive arsenal of moves. Serge is averaging 14 points per game (five points higher than his career average) and 8.3 rebounds per game. He has developed a fairly consistent mid range jump shot, to make defenders guard him on the perimeter. You also can’t forget about his outstanding leaping ability (2011 dunk contest participant).

Every year the snubs come back and play harder, like every moment is their last. Having been to an all-star weekend myself, the early weekend festivities are a joy to watch, but the real pleasure is the actual game, with the league’s best players. I love all-star weekend and all the excitement it brings to the fans, players, and executives across the world.

Info Credit: ESPN

Weekly Dish: Who are the #1 seeds in the Tournament

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The NCAA tournament is perhaps the best moment in college sports in the entire year. Sixty-Eight teams are invited to the “dance” and eight of these teams have to play in a “play in” game to make it to the second round. The second round is really the first round, because this is the round in which every team plays. There are four “regions” in which sixteen teams are invited to participate. In each region teams are ranked from #1-16 and play each other in descending order. This means the #1 plays the #16, #2 plays #15, #3 plays #14, and so on and so forth. The #1 seed plays the winner of the #8-9 game, then the winner of the #4-13 and #5-12 game winner. The worst position to be in is the #8 or #9 seed, because after a tough first game you have to beat a #1 seed. There are four #1 seeds, so these four teams are the best in the country. March Madness is popular throughout the United States. People fill out brackets to prove to their friends their knowledge about NCAA hoops. Upsets are the reason many watch, as people love seeing perennial powers, like Kentucky and Duke, lose to unknowns like South Dakota State. In March Madness you always have to expect the unexpected. There is no home court; each game is played at a neutral site.

I believe that there are eight teams that can take a #1 seed in the “dance”. These teams are Duke, Michigan, Kansas, Syracuse, Florida, Indiana, Arizona, and Louisville. Each team is a regular in the tournament and most of them are powerhouse universities for men’s basketball. I can’t pick a clear favorite in the pack now, but I’ll love watching to see who takes home the crown. Or maybe, (upset-alert) a completely different team will steal the spotlight and be the last one dancing.

  • The first of these teams, Duke, is currently ranked #1 but a loss to the University of Miami (FL) will remove them from that spot. The backcourt of Quinn Cook, Seth Curry, Rasheed Sulaimon is very tough to cover. These three players all have different skill sets. Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee are a formidable force down low. With Coach K at the realm, anything can happen.
  • Michigan is the most fun team to watch. Their run and gun style of play is exhilarating, don’t let them fool you though, they aren’t scared to grind out a victory or come from behind. Tre Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. provide the Wolverines superpower in the backcourt. Freshmen Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, and Mitch McGary provide depth to the Michigan attack.
  • Kansas is the most consistent team in the NCAA. Freshmen Ben McLemore is the team’s leading scorer and a leader. Big man Jeff Withey, averages around five blocks a game. This team is experienced, and has the talent to go deep in the tournament.
  • Syracuse is the best defensive team in the nation. This team has so much depth at the forward position and is so tough inside. The 2-3 zone is very lengthy and makes is very hard to deal with for opposing teams. Guards Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams have presented consistency to the backcourt of the Orangeman.
  • Florida is the deepest team overall in the country. Guards Kenny Boynton, Mike Rosario, Scottie Wilbekin, and Michael Frazier II. Frontcourt players Erik Murphy, Patric Young, and Willie Yeguete have different skill sets that play to the Gator’s strengths. Billy Donovan has created the power and this dynasty will continue this year.
  • Indiana is the preseason #1 team in the country. Cody Zeller and Christian Watford are big contributors in the paint. Yogi Ferrell, Jordan Hulls, and Victor Oladipo all provide spark to the Hoosier’s squad. This team will gain experience from playing in the Big Ten, and is a pleasure to watch.
  • Arizona possesses west coast toughness. This team thrives on come from behind, grind out tough victories. Transfer guard Mark Lyons provides grit to complement big men Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley. Nick Johnson and Solomon Hill provide experience to this improving Wildcat squad.
  • Louisville has east coast style. Rick Pitino’s squad presses you all 94 feet and makes you work for every inch. Guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva bring hard nosed defense and the ability to penetrate a defense. Forwards Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng have skill in the post and hit the glass hard. This team would not be a pleasure to play in the NCAA, as they have the experience to beat you in tough games.

Everyone wants a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but it doesn’t go to everyone, so these teams will have to work to secure a top 4 spot and a #1 seed. A #1 seed doesn’t guarantee anything though, as upsets are bound to occur. The 2012-13 March Madness will be a thrill to watch and hopefully the team I pick will be the last ones dancing.  Continue reading

Weekly Dish: How Good is the Big Ten

The Big Ten conference has always been overshadowed by the ACC and SEC, but this year the Big Ten has proven that is one to be reckoned with. This conference has half of its 12 teams in the top 25 … Continue reading