Well this year we, the Jews, have representation but no real stars or players on big time teams. This will make the Jewish bracket’s chances much worse (plus we probably won’t have cinderella Cornell to help us). But here who is in.
Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner - Pastner got a tough opening round matchup agains Arizona. They will win in the Jewish bracket, but doubtful in my real one.
Bucknells Senior Guard Bryan Cohen - Cohen is the Patriot League’s top defensive player. And he will need to be to stop Kemba Walker and red hot UConn.
Syracuse Coach Bernie Fine and Reserve Guard Brandon Reese - Reese is essentially a non-factor. But Fine, an Orange mainstay, should help Cuse make a run.
Tennesse Coach Bruce Pearl and Reserve Forward Steven Pearl - Steven doesn’t play too much and Bruce has had of the court troubles. Makes for a wreck unless Scotty Hopson becomes the star he has the potential to be.
Michigan Walk On Josh Bartelstein - Bartelstein will be a non-factor and probably won’t even get playing time. But Michigan has a shot to win a game against Tennesse. Both teams run into Duke in round 2.
UC Santa Barbara Jordan Weiner - Weiner has skill but not real numbers. If there was a 15 over a 2 seed that I was going to pick it would be UCSB over Florida. Watch out.
USC Michael Atwater - This freshman, again, is a non-factor. We do expect big things out of him in the near future. USC is also a play in game. They play VCU to get a crack at Georgetown.
Georgetown Nate Lubick - Freshman has come on strong and was probably the most impressive Jewish freshman. Lubick Played in 31 games starting 12, averaging 19.4 minutes, 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds
Akron Coach Keith Dambrot - The coach had a great year but is a #15 seed. It has happened so you never know.
There are also a bunch of assistant coaches including Larry Shyatt (Florida), Scott Garson (UCLA), Jason Donnelly (Villanova), Ross Condon & Adam Fisher (Boston University).
And Let Us Say…Amen.
- Jeremy Fine
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