Mac Attack 3/21: ESPN college basketball analyst Miles Simon calls in to talk about the action from the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, the Tarheels chances to win the title with Kendall Marshall’s injury, and why Kentucky is his favorite.
Kansas and NC State will be an exciting match up for Simon, but he is unsure if State can continue their Cinderella-like climb in to the Final Four. He said they are definitely peaking at the right time, but Kansas is so strong, he is unsure if State can overthrow them.
“I’ve seen Kansas three times this year in person…from the first time I saw them, I felt they were a top eight team…I think NC State can match them…do they double team kind of like Purdue?…they got guys down low…”
Simon admitted that early on he felt Vanderbilt would make a splash in their bracket, and he was concerned that injuries would plague Syracuse and they would be making an early tourney exit.
“I got fooled by Vanderbilt and false gold there…I should have gone with my hunch and instincts because of the team they mostly had been…I changed because Vanderbilt won the championship…I like Syracuse to beat that Wisconsin team, I think their athletes are just too much…I am going to go Syracuse back in the Final Four.”
Simon thinks there is a team out there with the potential take down Kentucky, and he thinks that team is Baylor. He thinks Kentucky showed a big weakness in the SEC championship game against Vanderbilt and is waiting for that to be exploited, but he DID admit he thinks we will be seeing Kentucky playing in the National Championship game.
“Baylor…Baylor just has the size and the athletes to match up with Kentucky…Perry Jones obviously has to play very well for them to advance…In the SEC championship… Kentucky had a horrible night against Vanderbilt’s zone…Kentucky is steamrolling right now and I do have them playing for the national title…”