The NCAA Tournament is fun because of all the wild and unforeseen upsets that tend to happen. We all try to handpick which teams are going to pull off the shocker, but none of us truly know which team is going to play the game of their lives or what high seed is going to play an abomination of a basketball game. The Iona Gaels are going to have to rely much more on the former than the latter if they plan to topple the two seeded Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Gaels enter the tournament as the second highest scoring team in the nation (80.7 ppg). They also feature as dynamic a player that a smaller school could ever dream to have, Lamont Jones. “MoMo” Jones scores 23 points per outing and happens to be a guard. Why do I mention him being a guard? Because guards, for one reason or another, seem to make all the difference in making some madness rain upon the month of March.
Ohio State is going to outclass Iona in nearly every facet, position and and depth aspects of the game. Iona will be forced to rely on what they do best to stay in the game, scoring buckets in a fury. However, it is not like Ohio State has not been known to make a slew of baskets on their own. So Iona will have to play a lot of tough defense to make each basket they make worthwhile.
However unlikely, Iona has a puncher’s chance to take down one of the better teams in the country. It will be up to Jones, shots going in at a high rate and some luck just for them to stay competitive. But hey, you just never know what is going to happen in the NCAA Tournament.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone