The biggest reason to think that Wisconsin can get back to the Final Four in 2015 is the same reason this team made the Final Four in 2014. Frank Kaminsky is the big man who can do a little bit of everything for the Badgers. He can shoot from long distance, but he can also dribble to the basket and force defenders to guard him on the move. Kaminsky is a solid post-up player, but he can attack a defense in so many ways, either facing up or playing with his back to the basket. This central figure makes Wisconsin’s offense so good, and that will clear the way for the Badgers to once again outplay everyone in the Big Ten. Wisconsin should be seen as the league favorite, which will mean a very high seed in the NCAA tournament and excellent value as a College Football betting pick.
The Wildcats have Dakari Johnson back. They have NCAA tournament supersub Marcus Lee back. They have the Harrison twins, Andrew and Aaron, back for another season. All of these really young kids didn’t really understand how to play basketball for most of last season, but they came together at just the right time and learned a lot about themselves and each other. The togetherness of this Kentucky team, after the journey taken last season, should really pay off as head coach John Calipari works with his Wildcats this year. The Big Blue Nation should expect to a get a much higher NCAA tournament seed than it did last year, when the team got a number eight seed in the Midwest Region.
The Jayhawks might be without Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, but those two players were not extremely consistent last season. They were good, but they did have their ups and downs. Embiid was inconsistent if only because he was injured a lot and wasn’t always able to play with a maximum of health. Wiggins always gave a lot of effort on the court, but his jump shot came and went. Without those guys, it might seem that Kansas will be hurt in 2015, but the Jayhawks always get good new pieces under head coach Bill Self. They’re likely to win the Big 12 again, and as a result, they should be right in the mix when tournament time rolls around. It’s a mistake to sell this team short.
No one in college basketball thinks that Arizona won’t make the Final Four in the next few seasons or so. It’s not easy to get to that point, but it would be a real surprise if the Wildcats don’t make the Final Four over the remainder of this second decade of the 21st century. Head coach Sean Miller is rebuilding the juggernaut that Lute Olson once created in the Southwest. This team is deep, it is active on defense, and it attacks opponents in waves. The Wildcats came one basket short of the Final Four last year with a key player, Brandon Ashley, being injured. If they stay healthy, they should be able to reach their goal.