The Guard Bracket is full of talented guards, including Marcus Sasser and Jamal Shead from No. 1 Houston, Marcus Carr and Sir’Jabari Rice from second-seeded Texas, Colby Jones and Souley Boum from No. 3 Xavier, Jalen Hood-Schifino from No. 4 Indiana, and Isaiah Wong, Nigel Pack, and Jordan Miller from fifth-seeded Miami. Even Penn State’s do-it-all senior Jalen Pickett is a match for these impressive players.
Guards are crucial to winning in March, and several teams in this bracket have standout guards that could make a difference. It’s difficult to make a run without them.
The selection committee made a mistake by giving the seventh seed to the second-best team in the SEC, Texas A&M. Coach Buzz Williams will likely use this snub as motivation, especially after the team missed out on the NCAA Tournament last year.
Drake may have a chance to upset fifth-seeded Miami in the first round, especially if Miami’s forward Norchad Omier is unable to play due to an ankle injury.
The first-round matchup between No. 8 Iowa and No. 9 Auburn is fascinating, as Iowa relies on its shotmaking while Auburn wins with defense.
Penn State’s Jalen Pickett is an unsung hero who does everything for his team, leading them to their first tournament berth in 12 years and giving them a chance to knock off Texas A&M in the first round.
Trayce Jackson-Davis from Indiana is a player to watch, as he has improved each season and made the smart decision to return for his senior year.
The Post predicts that Texas will cut down the nets in Houston, with Marcus Carr leading the way and getting the better of Houston’s guards in the regional final in Kansas City.