My pick to tame the ‘madness’: Kansas

The month of March brings with it the infamous crazy college basketball tournament often referred to as “March Madness.” Even before the tournament begins, there is much discussion about filling out the “bracket” — predicting who is going to win each game and trying to guess which teams have what it takes to advance deep into the tournament.

From major upsets to last-second buzzer-beating endings, March Madness is the most exciting time for college basketball fans. The major question on everyone’s mind remains: Who is going to win it all? With so many teams and the unpredictability of college basketball, it is rare when everything goes according to the so-called experts’ predictions.

This is why filling out a bracket and challenging your friends is so popular. You’ve got teams like Duke, with a stellar player like Grayson Allen, to Michigan State, with the explosive future NBA star Miles Bridges. But even with numerous great teams out there, there’s still only going to be one champ.

And this year the team standing at the end will be Kansas.

Kansas has all the tools it needs to win this year. It has one of the best records in the NCAA this year at 30-4. It also has a multitalented freshman small-forward by the name of Josh Jackson. Although just a freshman, Jackson averages 16.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game. He is so gifted that many NBA draft experts say that he is one of the top three players in the nation.

But Jackson doesn’t have to do it all my himself. Senior point-guard Frank Mason is averaging an amazing 20.8 points per game, shooting guard Devonte Graham shoots 40 percent from 3-point land, and center Landen Lucas rules the paint with 8.6 rebounds per game. Kansas is near the top in nearly every major category:  Scoring, field-goal percentage, assists, you name it.

With the excitement of the Sweet 16 coming up, the Jayhawks will be heavily favored in their next two games. That doesn’t mean a great team can’t be upset, but I like Kansas’ chances.

A college basketball season is a long and difficult road. A team has to be great just to make it into the tournament. Kansas is going to have to fight long and hard just to make it to the championship. It might have to face another No. 1 seed, either North Carolina and Gonzaga.

But with hard work and determination, plus the sheer talent of Josh Jackson, the Jayhawks are a good bet to be the team that is cutting down the nets in 10 days.

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Gerrand Moody is a sports columnist for The Lorian.

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