Pecora On Tournament: 8-10 Teams Could Win It All

Tom Pecora dropped by Taz & The Moose to size up the NCAA Tournament and give his Final Four picks. Spoiler alert: Florida State is one of them.

Taz and the Moose
March 18, 2019 - 9:41 am

Well, here we are. March has arrived – and so has the Madness. Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga are the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, while Michigan State, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan are the No. 2s.

How many teams have a realistic shot of winning a national title this year?

“I don’t think it’s a year where two or three teams are just totally dominant,” Quinnipiac associate head coach Tom Pecora said on Taz & The Moose. “Style of play comes into play so much. When you look at teams that win NCAA championships, they don’t beat themselves. But this year, there’s probably eight to 10 teams that could go on a run, and once you get that momentum going, matchups become big.”

So does three-point shooting. If your team can shoot the three, you’ll always be in the game; if your team cannot shoot the three, well, don’t get down by too much.

“The three-point line, it’s just incredible how much it’s changed the game on this level,” Pecora said. “You’re never out of a game, and your lead is never safe because of it.”

If you’re looking for a team to surprise, look no further than Florida State. Seeded fourth in the West, the Seminoles advanced to the ACC Championship before losing to Duke. Still, Pecora loves the program that Leonard Hamilton has built.

“I have them going to the Final Four out of the West,” Pecora said. “If you don’t score in transition against Florida State, you don’t score. Their half-court defense is so good. (Hamilton) gets long, athletic kids, and he’s on them from day one about being in gaps and five against the ball – you cannot score. It’s a challenge to score against them in half court, and their offense is playing at a high level.”

Click below to listen to Pecora’s interview in its entirety.