Opinion: Men’s “Final Four” Rundown

The Baylor Bears, Houston Cougars, Gonzaga Bulldogs and UCLA Bruins. These are the last teams left in March Madness. But who will have a shot at taking it all?

 

Houston has a very physical and relentless program from having Quentin Grimes, a junior guard, averaging 18 points per game (ppg). They also have Dejon Jarreau, a senior guard, who helps lead the team and averages 10 ppg. 

 

Houston has struggled to put up points in the tourney. They have played three games finishing with 62, 63, and 67 points in those games. For Houston to win, they will need to shut down the Baylor guards and finish with more than 60 points.

 

Baylor has one of the best backcourts in the Country. From having a tough, physical finisher with a lightning quick first step in Davion Mitchell. They also have a knockdown shooter who can do it all in MaCio Teague. Finally, they have another lights-out shooter in Jared Butler. All three of these guards for Baylor can handle the ball with ease.

 

Gonzaga is one of the best well-rounded teams in the country. They have a great starting five with three stars that will enter the NBA draft this year and will most likely all be first round picks. 

 

And with that starting five, they have incredible depth on their bench too. They have a projected lottery pick in Jalen Suggs who can knock down shots, finish around the rim, and run in transition with his incredible decisiveness. In addition, the Bulldogs have a straight-up lights-out shooter in Corey Kispert. Finally, center Drew Timme can get buckets and defend.

 

Nevertheless, UCLA has been the sleeper team this year and have a great well-rounded team that has beaten both Alabama and Michigan. 

 

UCLA has a great pure one-guard in Tyger Campbell who controls the pace of the game and can score at all three levels. Johnny Juzang can knock down shots and is a 90 percent free throw shooter. Finally, Jaime Jaquez Jr. has led this team through the tournament and has been clutch in crunch time, and has a pure ability to score.