2014 March Madness: #6 Baylor vs #11 Nebraska

Isaiah Austin Baylor Bears 2014 NCAA TournamentWe are picking every NCAA Tournament game in an effort to help you fill out your bracket and win your office pool.

Nebraska was the most surprising team in the Big Ten. It has been a long time since they made an NCAA Tournament appearance. They had a big wins, but were also blown out too many times. Do they belong in the tournament this season?

The Big 12 was really good this season. Six teams in the conference made the NCAA Tournament. Baylor was only .500 in the conference and was still deemed good enough for a #6 seed. Was that the correct seeding or should they have been ranked lower?

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Baylor was only 9-9 in the Big 12 and struggled at times, but finished the season strong. They made it all the way to the conference tournament final. Was it an aberration or are they just now hitting their stride? I love Baylor’s front court. Cory Jefferson is an all-around player who has a nice 15-foot shot and the team’s best rebounder. Isaiah Austin could have entered last year’s NBA Draft, but an injury caused him to stay in school. He’s an excellent defender and has the ability to shut down other team’s big men.

Nebraska is as inconsistent as they come. They started out the Big Ten schedule 1-6 and still somehow made the NCAA Tournament. Their wins against Ohio State, at Michigan State and their Wisconsin win the Big Ten tournament helped seal their at-large bid. They play at a slow pace and their team stats resemble a team fighting to go .500. Texas Tech transfer Terran Petteway is the main reason for the team’s turnaround.

I don’t know how the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee decided to give these teams their seedings. I think they are both seeded way too high. They are inconsistent and had stretches of the season in which they were just bad. Baylor is more athletic and more consistent than Nebraska (which isn’t saying much). Baylor is deep and their eight-man rotation will win easily.

Prediction: #6 Baylor Bears

 

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