By JR Cummings on March 18, 2014
March Madness is finally here! As everyone fills out their brackets, there are a multitude of potentially juicy storyline games that could reveal themselves. The following is a list of the six juiciest.
The Shockers have been criticized all season for going undefeated against a weak schedule. Not only does this present a big conference foe, it offers them an opportunity to show what they have against an in-state rival. It is rare that Wichita State gets the opportunity to play either Kansas or Kansas St., and the opportunity to do so in the second round is a ripe one.
Nebraska would have to pull the upset over Baylor in order to make this happen, but a matchup between the two biggest schools in Nebraska would rock the Cornhusker state. Considering the game would take place in San Antonio, a raucous crowd would be expected too.
It is rare for conference foes to meet each other in the tournament, let alone as early as the Sweet 16. What makes this even juicier is the in-state rivalry between the two. Expect fireworks if this happens
The implications of this matchup are obvious. Aside from the sizzling in-state rivalry and the fact that they are they've won the past two national championships, the Pitino factor here is huge. He led Kentucky to a national championship in the 1990s, and then led mortal enemy Louisville to one last year as well. Fans would be rabid in Indianapolis for this one.
Let the implosion of the City of Brotherly Love begin! Philly has a college hoops tradition unlike any city in the nation. The Big 5 has sent at least one member to the tournament for the past 36 years, and all five have made it at least once since 2007. Of the five, however, Villanova and St. Joe's have the strongest rivalry. If the 'Holy War' part 2 occurs in the Round of 32, the nation is on notice.
Louisville boasts a bevy of potentially juicy matchups, but this one is the juiciest for personal reasons. Back in 1987, Rick Pitino was the head coach of the Providence Friars (who made the tournament for the first time in 10 years this season). Pitino took the Friars to the Final Four that season behind point guard Billy Donovan. To see them matched up in the Championship would be gold. Could student beat teacher? Let's find out!
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