The Big 12 have beaten up on each other since the conference schedule began. Kansas looks to be the cream of the crop with a handful of other teams a few notches below them…Baylor is one of those teams.
The Ivy League hasn’t been known for their potential title contenders, but teams like Harvard and Princeton have made some memorable NCAA tournament moments.
Can Yale get their first ever NCAA Tournament win and upset #5 seed Baylor?
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In the 2015 NCAA Tournament, the Baylor Bears lost in the first round to Georgia State. It was one of the best stories of the entire tournament. Baylor has roughly the exact same team from last season ready to redeem themselves. They haven’t been playing well as of late, but it could just be due to them hitting the hardest part of their Big 12 schedule at the end of the year.
Yale only makes the NCAA Tournament about once every other generation. This is only their 4th tournament appearance in 120 years. The Bulldogs are efficient on offense and defense, but their production on the court is overshadowed by the dismissal of their team captain Jack Montague. Yale wins because they control the boards. Yale could surprise us all.
Baylor was upset last year by Georgia State and I feel like they could suffer the same result against Yale. Both teams excel at the same aspects of the game. Rebounding will be the key to the game. Baylor’s Rico Gathers will need to have a big game on the boards if Baylor wants to win. Yale isn’t a one-man rebounding machine, their roster is full of good rebounders. I’m calling for the upset, Yale wins.
Prediction: #12 Yale Bulldogs
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.