Ohio State is the No. 1 overall seed in the Tournament and, by almost every projection, the team most likely to cut down the nets in Houston. The Buckeyes combine deadly three-point shooting with Jared Sullinger’s inside presence and a fascinating ability to force turnovers without committing fouls. Some may worry about their depth (their rotation is really eight deep at most), but that did not hurt them in their march to the Big Ten Title.
The No. 2 seed in the region, North Carolina, has made a remarkable mid-season turnaround that matches up fairly well with freshman Kendall Marshall’s ascension to the role of starting point guard. Harrison Barnes, the “disappointing” star freshman, has grown into his position on the team very well over the course of the season and exploded for 40 points in an ACC Tournament win over Clemson. He has become the go-to guy when the Tarheels need a bucket late. UNC is still very young and struggles to shoot from three—and could face a very tough second-round opponent in Washington….