Brackets. Brackets. Brackets. It seems everyone is consumed with college basketball and brackets this time of year. Whether it's worrying about our favorite teams' path in the tournament or last year's champion falling in the NIT, hoops were on our mind this week. For all of our other chats, check out our chat archive page.
Tom F (Kansas City)
I'm worried about North Carolina and Michigan/VCU knocking off my Jayhawks before the Elite Eight. Talk me out of it, but I think Burke destroys us.
Myron Medcalf, college basketball writer
I think Kansas' problem will be Georgetown in the Elite Eight. Jayhawks are definitely good enough to get there. Burke has to get through Nate Wolters/SDSU and then VCU (probably). Wolverines' defense could lead to an early exit. And I don't think UNC will get past Villanova in the first round. If they do, Kansas has beaten a similar team three times this year (Iowa State). Small, quick, 3-ball is key. But it's not an easy path. Full transcript
Josh (Columbia, MO)
Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas. How far can those two take Ohio State?
Dick Vitale, college basketball analyst
I love the Buckeyes. They're one of my picks to go to the Final Four. Craft is one of the best defensive players in college basketball. Thomas is a scorer. They have the best perimeter defense in the nation. They finished strong, won their last 8 in a row. Full transcript
Wow. Robert Morris over Kentucky. Does this force some of the Kentucky guys to stay another year? They didn't get to have a post season run to boost their draft stock.
Chad Ford, NBA Insider
Here's the dilemma. EVERYONE knows that Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin aren't ready for the NBA. Scouts, John Calipari and even the kids themselves. They should go back to school. The problem is two fold. One, this is a weak draft and all three are likely first rounders anyway. Two, with such a gifted incoming recruiting class coming in, there's a chance that Poythress and Goodwin especially might have to come off the bench next year. That alone won't hurt their draft stock (remember Dion Waiters was a Top 5 pick and he didn't start a game for Syracuse) but if they don't show real improvement, they could fall off the map. Not sure what they'll end up doing. Not totally sure that Calipari even wants them back. Usually players take the money and run ... but not sure that will be the case this year. Full transcript