We know that this is a question of opinion, and it is a topic that we have already covered in the past, but there are two major questions we want to explore further: 1) Which teams are hot right now?
and 2) Which ones are the ones we know about?
We’ll be taking a look at each team, and discussing which players they’re most likely to find themselves playing with in the coming years.1.
Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1 Big Ten)A year ago, the Buckeyes were the hottest team in college basketball.
The Buckeyes had just beaten Michigan and Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament and were in the midst of a run to the NCAA tournament.
Ohio was going to be a big favorite heading into the NCAA Tournament, and they were going to need a huge performance to stay in the hunt.
And so, in December, they pulled off the upset against the Big 12 champion Kansas Jayhawks, putting Ohio State back on top of the Big East standings.
But that was all the hype.
Now, the Big Eight is in the middle of a new era of conference play, and many are wondering whether Ohio State will be the Big 8 champion for the first time in seven years.
Ohio has been one of the best teams in the league, so many have predicted that the Buckeye squad will be good enough to make the NCAA Tourney, and there are a number of scenarios where the Buckeys could get there.
But there are many more questions that need to be answered, such as: How well can the Buckeys defense be as a team, when it hasn’t been in the Top 25 in points per game in five of the last six seasons?
How will Ohio’s star guard, Joel Embiid, handle being so far removed from the team he joined in late January?
And how will this team handle having to play a second round game against the best team in the country, a team that is already looking to win its second straight Big Ten championship.2.
Gonzaga Bulldogs (11, 6-2)After the Bulldogs were the best basketball team in America, many were worried that they were over-rated and were going nowhere.
After all, the Bulldogs finished the regular season with a record of 29-4, and went on to win the NCAA title.
So how did they get so far this far?
Well, they had to do so with a combination of injuries and a couple of huge losses.
Freshman guard/forward Malik Monk had surgery on his left knee in February, and the Bulldogs struggled mightily in the second half of the season.
Their only win came against Baylor, who had won all four of their previous meetings with the Bulldogs.
After a solid performance against Iowa State, Gonzaga lost to No. 3 seed Baylor in the tournament.
Monk’s injury forced the Bulldogs to start freshman point guard Brandon Ingram at point guard, a move that has made Ingram a star in his freshman season.
But Ingram will have to step up even more this season.
Ingram is averaging 19.6 points per contest this season, good for fifth in the conference, but he is also shooting only 53.3 percent from the field.
Ingram’s best game came against Kansas, when he had 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Ingram will need to find a way to become more of a consistent scoring threat this season if the Bulldogs hope to make it back to the postseason.3.
Wisconsin Badgers (11 , 6-3)The Badgers were one of five teams to finish the regular-season undefeated in conference play and finish the season with seven consecutive wins.
But they were also the only team to win their conference title.
Wisconsin had a great season in 2015-16, leading the nation in points allowed per game (19.4) and the Big 10 in scoring defense (105.1).
They won a national championship for the fifth time in six years, and have a chance to repeat this year, as well.
But it is the return of junior guard/guard Alex Poythress that has been the most impressive aspect of the Badgers season so far.
Poystress has averaged 12.6 rebounds per game this season and leads Wisconsin in assists (2.4 per game).
He was a key player in Wisconsin’s historic run to a second consecutive national title, and he will be even more vital this season when Wisconsin plays host to the No. 8 seed Baylor Bears.
Poystresses impact will be most noticeable on the offensive end.
He’s averaging 18.6 per game on 50.3% shooting, and his assist percentage is also at the top of college basketball this season (52.3%).
The Badgers are averaging a total of 10.5 assists per game, third in the nation, and Poystaes play is a key part of that.
Poys has also played well at the foul line this season as well,