To break down the bracket simply, we have to make an assumption that the higher seed wins their game. Obviously, there is a decent chance that there will be upsets.
The Montana Grizzlies won 26 games this year and won the Big Sky Conference.
Leading scorers: Ahmaad Rorie 17.2 PPG, Michael Oguine 15.8 PPG, Jamar Akoh 13.1 PPG
Player to stop: Ahmaad Rorie
Rorie is a former Oregon Duck and 4-star recruit. He has the ability to really pop off, as shown in his game against North Dakota where he had 30 points (8-14) with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
After coming up one win short – losing to Cincinnati – of winning the American Athletic Conference, Houston won 26 games with wins over Cincinnati and two wins over Wichita State.
Leading scorers: Rob Gray 18.5 PPG, Corey Davis Jr 13.5 PPG, Devin Davis 10.8 PPG
Player to stop: Rob Gray
Usually I’m not so worried about dudes with man buns, but as you can see from the numbers, Gray is responsible for a large part of the Cougar offense. He just had a big scoring game in the semifinals of the AAC Tournament, posting 33 points in a win over Wichita State. In addition to his scoring, the senior guard averages 4.5 assists per game.
North Carolina (2)
Like Houston, North Carolina was the runner-up in their conference tournament. The Tar Heels had an impressive win over Duke in that tournament, who would end up being the 2-seed in the Midwest.
Leading scorers: Luke Maye 17.2 PPG, Joel Berry II 17.1 PPG, Cameron Johnson 12.7 PPG
Player to stop: Luke Maye
Had Luke Maye not had a huge 27 point (11-16), 6 rebound, 3 assist game against Michigan earlier this year, I would’ve picked point guard Joel Berry. While he hasn’t been putting up numbers as big lately, he has been a consistent and reliable player for UNC.