One Sentence for Every March Madness Team

Sam Federman
5 min readMar 14, 2022


Here is the bracket for this year’s NCAA Tournament.

People like information in a quick and digestible manner, so here’s one sentence to describe every team in the 2022 NCAA Tournament to help you learn more about the teams on your bracket.

This might be the best Gonzaga team ever, with elite shooting, elite defense, elite playmaking, this team has it all.

Georgia State has won 12 of their last 13 games, but they’re small and don’t shoot well, so they don’t stand much of a chance.

Boise State’s size isn’t something that you see out of many mid-majors and it leads to excellent defense.

Memphis has the 6th best efficiency rating in all of college basketball since Emoni Bates left the team in late January.

UConn embodies the Big East identity of playing hard on the glass and physical defensively.

New Mexico State is consistently an elite mid-major program, and this year is no different.

Arkansas is 15–3 in their last 18 games thanks to JD Notae and Jaylinn Williams becoming one of the SEC’s best duos.

Vermont won their three America East Tournament games by an average margin of 36 points.

Alabama’s highs are very high, and their lows are very low, nobody knows how far they’ll go.

Rutgers isn’t good, they just make other teams play badly.

Notre Dame is a very strong offense, but they struggle with forcing teams out of their element defensively.

Texas Tech has the best defense in the country, the last time they had that, they went to the National Championship game.

Montana State games can be very long due to the incredible amount of free throws attempted by both teams.

Michigan State is 8–9 in their last 17 games, including losses to Penn State and Northwestern.

Every player on the court for Davidson is a threat to get scorching hot from distance.

Duke might have the highest ceiling in college basketball, but Coach K may have already mentally checked out.

Cal State Fullerton’s best offense is a free throw, and they get to the line often enough to get opponents in foul trouble.

Baylor lost their three leading scorers from their title team, yet Scott Drew managed to coach them back to a 1 seed.

Norfolk State went 24–6, but their best win was UNC Wilmington.

North Carolina’s game against Syracuse perfectly sums them up as a team.

Marquette had an impressive win streak in January, but they’re 4–6 in their last 10.

Saint Mary’s is a much very strong defensive team that plays slow and methodical.

Wyoming’s duo of Graham Ike and Hunter Maldonado is one of the nation’s best combos

Indiana played with their heart on their sleeve in the Big Ten Tournament fighting for their lives.

UCLA has mostly the same team from their Final Four run, but you know what they say, lightning doesn’t strike twice.

Akron’s slow pace has frustrated teams to the tune of 8 wins in a row.

Texas comes into the tournament having lost three in a row and searching for an identity.

Virginia Tech’s hot shooting carried them through a miracle run in the ACC Tournament.

Purdue’s offense is one of the most beautiful things my eyes have seen, their defense is the stuff they make horror movies about.

Yale’s Azar Swain has the ability to take over a game at any time with his scoring ability.

Murray State is a better team this year than they were with Ja Morant in 2019

San Francisco’s three point defense is the best combination of deterrence and inefficiency in the tournament.

Kentucky is different this year, they’re experienced and complete, not raw and young.

Saint Peter’s is too small to compete with Kentucky, but Shaheen Holloway has done an incredible job there.

First-year coach Tommy Lloyd has made Arizona into a tall and fast team that is among the nation’s best, just like his old boss Mark Few did at Gonzaga.

Wright State will have home court advantage in the First Four in Dayton.

Bryant’s Peter Kiss is Mid-Major Marshall Henderson, the nation’s leader in scoring and attitude.

Seton Hall’s blend of size and experience creates one of the nation’s best defenses.

TCU is a pretty bad shooting team, but good luck trying to keep them off the offensive glass.

Houston lost All-American Guard Marcus Sasser in December but they still rank top 12 in offensive and defensive efficiency.

UAB’s Jordan Walker is averaging 25 points, 5 assists and 41% from three in his last 16 games, including two 40 point outbursts.

Illinois has all of the pieces to make a run, but they’ve really struggled to consistently put it together for a full 40 minutes.

Chattanooga’s star Malachi Smith is one of the nation’s best scorers.

Colorado State’s David Roddy is built like a tight end and can do just about everything on the basketball court.

Michigan came into the season as a preseason top 5 team, but barely squeaked into the tournament.

Tennessee’s defense ranks third in the country and they play unselfishly on offense.

Longwood’s dream season came out of absolutely nowhere, as their 26–6 campaign is their first time over .500 since 2009.

Ohio State enters the tournament having lost 4 of 5 games, including losses to Maryland, Nebraska, and Penn State, all of whom finished with losing records.

Loyola Chicago’s Lucas Williamson has taken the next step offensively to help fill the void left by Cameron Krutwig.

Villanova is the best coached team in college basketball, I have never once seen a Jay Wright team get rattled.

Freshman Jyare Davis has been a spark plug recently for Delaware, catapulting them to the CAA Championship.

Kansas is a jack of all trades, master of none, type team, but they were good enough to grab a 1 seed.

Texas Southern beat Florida on the road in December thanks to their excellent defense.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi was projected to be one of the 20 worst teams in college basketball this year, but they’ve defied the odds and made the dance.

San Diego State’s defense is suffocating, it ranks number 2 in the country in efficiency.

Creighton’s Arthur Kaluma broke out in a big way during the Big East Tournament, but big man Ryan Kalkbrenner may have even been more impressive recently.

Iowa is 12–2 since the beginning of February thanks to their number 2 ranked offense.

Richmond won 4 games in 4 days in the A-10 Tournament to steal a bid thanks to the play of senior point guard Jacob Gilyard.

Providence just finds ways to win basketball games, probably the best team in college basketball in close games.

South Dakota State’s world class ability to make shots makes them extremely hard to guard despite the lack of size.

LSU Coach Will Wade was fired the day before Selection Sunday due to NCAA violations.

Iowa State’s defense makes their opponents extremely uncomfortable.

Wisconsin lives and dies by superstar Johnny Davis, who always seemed to come through when they needed him to.

Colgate returned 80% of the minutes from last year’s team that had 3 seed Arkansas on the ropes.

USC’s size creates a mismatch for almost any team in college basketball.

Miami likes to play small, with Kameron McGusty, Charlie Moore, and Isaiah Wong, three guards, as the focal points of their elite offense.

Auburn is deep and well rounded, but their guards have struggled to control the tempo of the game recently.

Jacksonville State gets a smaller distribution of their points from inside the arc than all but one NCAA Tournament team.