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Baylor Stands Good Chance to Make Final Four

By John Borelli

While many strong and experienced teams remain in the NCAA tournament, don’t overlook a couple of lower seeded schools that could make it to Dallas for the Final Four.

Of the remaining second-tier schools, Baylor is my favorite dark horse team.

Look at Baylor’s performance in the West bracket. They blew out both a hot Nebraska team and Creighton, one of the best offensive teams in the country.

Baylor’s zone defense is lethal to its opponents as it held Nebraska to 16 first half points and Creighton with 20. Leading this defense are forwards Isaiah Austin at 7’1″ tall and Corey Jefferson at 6’9″ tall.

For offense, they are led by upperclassmen guards Kenny Chery and three-point marksman Brady Heslip. Not to mention coach Scott Drew who has coached his team to two elite eights and a NIT victory in the past 4 seasons.

Baylor contains the all necessary elements of a championship team with strong defense, upperclassman and a tournament-tested coach.

The Tennessee Volunteers, the 11th seeded team in the Midwest bracket, is my second dark horse team. Since barely getting into the tournament with an overtime play-in-game vs. Iowa, they have been playing inspiring basketball. They are also led by two big-men, Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon, who provide an unfavorable match-up for Michigan. They each weigh 260 pounds.

Finally, do not be surprised if Shabazz Napier leads the UConn Huskies to the Final Four in the schools return to Madison Square Garden and the young talented Kentucky also have a chance to make a run.

This is the beauty of March Madness.

Teams that have been ridiculed and doubted all year long are given a chance to claim the title of the best in college basketball.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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