Former Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez breaks down NCAA tourney

Bobby Gonzalez spent 11 years patrolling the sidelines of the tri-state area. Credit: Getty Images
Bobby Gonzalez spent 11 years patrolling the sidelines of the tri-state area.
Credit: Getty Images

Former Manhattan and Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez knows a thing or two about playing in the postseason. Twice named MAAC Coach of the Year, Gonzalez took his teams to two NCAA tournaments and three NIT appearances during an 11-year coaching career.

Currently, Gonzalez is a media figure doing interviews and providing analysis while coaching at the prestigious Five-Star Basketball Camps. He spoke to Metro about his thoughts on this year’s tournament.

Unlike last year when Kentucky was head and shoulders above the rest, there is no clear-cut favorite this year. Is this tournament wide open or will the top seeds still make a push?

I still believe there will be some upsets as always in the first few rounds but the deeper into the tourney we go the favorites and high seeds will prevail. If you look at the numbers, 30 of the last 34 national champs were a No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 seed.

Has the Big 10 eclipsed the Big East and the ACC as the best conference?

Well, right now I do feel the Big 10 is the best conference, but the Big East did get eight bids which was the most [of any conference]. But with the conference realignment going on, I feel the ACC will be the best going forward.

Do you have an upset pick right now? Any team that will surprise and go deep?

My upset pick is Davidson over Marquette in the No. 3 versus No. 14 matchup. Also, I think UCLA will get knocked out early to Minnesota.

This year’s Cinderella will be St. Louis. I believe Syracuse will go on another run and at least get to the Sweet 16, maybe even the Elite 8.

Follow Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Apple says its systems not to blame for…

By Edwin Chan and Christina FarrSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The week before a crucial launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate photos of…

Local

Tallest residential building planned for lower Manhattan

A residential tower planned for lower Manhattan will soar 1,356 feet in the air -- just 12 feet shy of 1 World Trade Center. When…

Local

Bronx man commits suicide by decapitation

A Bronx man committed suicide Monday morning in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx by decapitating himself. According to the NYPD, the 51-year-old man…

Local

Top cops enroll in Twitter course at John…

NYPD officers are reportedly getting a lesson on the best way to use 140 characters or less. The New York Post reported Tuesday top officers…

Arts

Pop culture and prostitutes: New Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at…

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec documented the cult of celebrity and the rise of pop entertainment in his prints, posters and lithographs — now on display at MoMA.

Arts

PHOTO: Extreme artist Eskil Ronningsbakken balances unicycle on…

Extreme artist’ Eskil Ronningsbakken balances on the edge of a cliff face at 4,600 feet – on a unicycle. The Norwegian travels across the globe, balancing over vertiginous ravines, tall…

Music

Hear two previously unreleased Adele songs

Missing some Adele in your life? Two previously unreleased songs from the singer have appeared online.

Music

Lincoln Center just made 'Lord of the Rings'…

Middle Earth already has sweeping vistas, a hero's journey and technology-revolutionizing special effects. But next April, the Lincoln Center will add another dimension to Peter Jackson's…

NFL

10 storylines to watch for the Giants this…

The Giants rebounded from an embarrassing 0-6 start last season, but not well enough to make the playoffs.

NFL

Michael Vick set to be weekly guest with…

Mike Francesa may need to backtrack from his harsh commentary of Michael Vick now that the Jets backup quarterback will be a weekly guest on his show.

NFL

Jets expect to make playoffs after sitting on…

The same pundits who predicted the Jets would be woeful a season ago are now eying the playoffs for this revamped team.

NFL

Antonio Allen returns to practice after concussion

Antonio Allen was cleared to practice again following his concussion two weeks ago.

Parenting

In defense of making a mess during playtime

"Recipes for Play" authors Rachel Sumner and Ruth Mitchener think playtime should involve the five senses and making a mess is part of the fun.

Wellbeing

Jason Hope helps push anti-aging efforts forward

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article When it comes to age-related illness, the direction of modern medicine seems more reactive than proactive. In…

Wellbeing

Today's Doomsday preppers: a closer look at survivalist…

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. The term “Doomsday prepper” is often associated with the paranoid, anti-government stereotype of the 1990s. The truth…

Education

These college students think breakfast is the most…

  It should be no surprise that the city that never sleeps is also home to the most students who like to order food in…