A Look Back At March Madness Storylines To Watch #PulseOfMarch

Pulsefeedz’s Andrew Horn and Jessie Karangu join The Left Bench’s Kofie Yeboah to break down March Madness brackets!

Over the past few weeks, Pulsefeedz’s sports correspondents have given our Twitter followers their expertise on what to expect during big March Madness match ups. Now that this year’s brackets have been revealed, let’s take a look back at what our prognosticators had to say.

YES – Virginia is a #1 seed despite losing to fellow number 1 seed North Carolina in the ACC Championship. They’re in the Midwest Region and could possibly face the Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans.

NOT SO FAST – In a shocking decision, the committee decided not to include Valparaiso in this year’s bracket. As Paul Oren of NWTimes.com points out, “The selection committee clearly valued high-major programs this season as teams such as Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Michigan and Tulsa made the cut over mid-major conference champions Valparaiso, St. Mary’s and Monmouth. Wichita State was the only “mid-major” program selected for the Field of 68.”

CASH IN FORBES – Bryn Forbes has shot above 50 percent from three but interestingly was not a factor in their win versus Maryland in the Big Ten semifinals going 0-4. But don’t count the money shooter out. Denzel Valentine may be the dominating factor to watch when playing Izzo’s team but Forbes is right there behind him.

TEXAS SHOWDOWN COMING SOON? – A&M unfortunately lost in overtime to Kentucky in the SEC Championship but the team is back in high spirits as they were picked as a number three seed. The Aggies will be playing close to home in Oklahoma City and could potentially face the Texas Longhorns in the second round if everything falls into place.

#SNUBBED – The good thing for St. Bonaventure if you can call it that is they’ll still be playing in March. The bad thing? It’ll be in the NIT. The Atlantic 10’s commissioner was not happy at all to see one of his schools get left out of the dance party saying, “every measuring point has been successfully met.”

UTAHPIA? – The Salt Lake City Tribune tells us why Utah is a formidable candidate to watch out for in the Tourney: “On their resume, the Utes were 9-7 against the RPI top 50 and had an 18-8 record against the top 100. While they were blown out against Oregon (which earned a No. 1 NCAA seed) in the last game of the tournament, the Utes made their first-ever Pac-12 final by beating USC and Cal.”

NOPE – While Kansas is the number one overall seed, this trophy would go to the ACC which has North Carolina and Virginia in the tournament as at the top of their respective regions. The ACC still didn’t top the Big East which got three in 2009. Only 1 top seeded Big East team – Connecticut – made the Final Four (Villanova did as well with a #3 seed but UNC won the championship that year).

THEY’RE BACK – Who ruined Villanova’s shot of getting a #1 seed this year? The Seton Hall Pirates. They beat the Wildcats and clinched their first conference title in 23 years. Isaiah Whitehead is the clutch shooter every team wishes they could have and he’ll be the guy who needs to put the team on his back if they’re going to go anywhere.

BARKLEY KNOWS BEST? – Charles Barkley believes that Cal may be the most talented team in the tournament besides UNC. The former NBA All-Star said this during yesterday’s Selection Show and guard Jaylen Brown is appreciative of the shoutout. “Now we’ve got to make sure we live up to the potential everyone says we have,” Brown said.

ANOTHER SNUB – How entertaining would they have been to watch?!?! The committee believed their losses against below top 200 teams (which all happened to be conference games) were the reason to leave them out. Luckily, they’ll continue to entertain the masses during the NIT.

21-YEAR OLD BOY WONDER – Brice Johnson. Those are the two words that will matter most to everyone in North Carolina this month (other than Marcus Paige). NewsObserver.com points out that Johnson along with Paige suffered through tumultous times at UNC. Now the pair are three weekends away from clinching their desired prize.

CAN THEY MAKE IT PAST WEEK ONE? – A potential matchup in the NCAA Tournament arises between Temple and Villanova. It would be a temporary return of Big 5 play which the city of Philadelphia hasn’t seen in a while. If we’re being honest, Philly hasn’t seen any good basketball team other than Villanova in the past couple of years but that’s another story for another day.