If you plan to watch a lot of college basketball on CBS and Turner Sports over the next month (which you probably do), prepare to learn a lot about the following teams: Oregon, Oklahoma, Miami, Texas A&M and Purdue.
CBS and Turner have embedded camera crews with those five programs since Selection Sunday and will produce features on the teams to air on their networks throughout the NCAA Tournament.
These aren’t necessarily the five sexiest teams (Last year, by comparison, we got Kentucky, Baylor, Arkansas, Utah, Michigan State and Indiana), but there are some pretty good storylines. Red-hot Oregon earned a surprise No. 1 seed, which must have made for an exciting selection-show watch party and Oklahoma boasts arguably the best player in the country in Buddy Hield, who happens to be a pretty lovable character. And while it can be interesting to see behind the scenes of true blue-blood programs, it’s also compelling to get to know the non-traditional powers, and all five of these teams are extremely impressive groups with a shot to advance deep in the tournament.
It seems we’ll get an especially close look at the West region, as Oregon, Oklahoma and Texas A&M are the top three seeds in that quadrant of the bracket.
One of the coolest parts of the NCAA Tournament is seeing how important the games are to the players, and that never comes through more strongly than through behind-the-scenes looks at top teams.