The ACC was top-heavy this season. Virginia and Duke lead the way, but there are a few other teams that could win a few games in the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky was the cream of the crop in the SEC, but there were plenty of teams playing for at-large bids this season. LSU was a bubble team, but unlike Texas A&M, they received an invite to the tourney.
How will LSU’s low-post offense do against NC State’s smaller lineup?
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The NC State Wolfpack finished sixth in the ACC this season. They don’t pass the ball a ton on offense. They see a shot they like, they shoot the ball. Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner both shoot near 40% from 3-point territory. The entire team rebounds well, but they don’t play with a true center in the paint.
LSU gave Kentucky their toughest game of the season. The Wildcats needed a Herculean effort to beat the Tigers. Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey are a true force in the paint on both ends. They are double-double machines. Mickey is one of the best shot blockers in the tournament. LSU will be a tough out in this tournament.
The LSU matches up well against NC State. The Wolfpack rely on isolation plays on offense, but the size of LSU in the paint will cause havoc. NC State does have good perimeter shooters, but they can’t keep that up for the entire game.
Prediction: #9 LSU Tigers
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.