For someone like me, who really loves college basketball but despises the NBA, I was sort of glad to see Kentucky struggle. It takes some (albeit maybe not a lot) of the luster off of the one-n-done philosophy of recruiting and winning in college ball. It proves that by and large, most 18-19 year old kids are not ready for the NBA, with some notable exceptions. I would love to see the NBA come to an agreement with the NCAA similar to the agreement that MLB has with them.
Let the kids go straight to the pros if they so choose, but if they do go to a four year college, make them wait 3 years (or reach the age of 21) before they are eligible. While the college game would lose a number of “stars” to the NBA, it would also create stability for their programs. Plus it would promote the “team” philosophy of playing basketball, which is why I have always preferred the college game over the NBA in the first place.
As far as bracketology, I’ve never been one to fill out brackets, but I would have to go with Duke or Indiana to win it all. No scientific method to my conclusion, just a gut feeling…
I agree with you Tiger5 about stopping the one and done and going with year or age requirement.
I'm going with Miami though. Miami's got one 24 year old and two 23 year olds on their roster. Their practically grown men and they have experience, talent and poise. Sebe may be on to something with Louisville tho. If Louisville can get into overtime with them then it will become a pickem situation.
I do think Miami may be the team to beat, but so often that team doesn’t win it all. I’ve never been a fan of The U, but I do sort of pull for them because of Rion Brown (Liberty County High.)
I think Michigan warrants serious consideration as well because of their guard play. At times, Burke and Hardaway seem unstoppable, whether distributing or scoring the basketball. And I think the Big 10 is an awfully strong conference, this year in particular (still think the Hoosiers are better.)
I, as did Sebekm, took Kentucky from the beginning last year, regardless of their youth. It ain’t quite as easy to pick a horse and ride him this year. But I like it that way.
And you are right Sebekm, this year’s crop of diaper dandy Wonder-Cats were more typical of 18 year old kids than last year’s. And I believe they are a better representation of how it’s going to be in any given year for any team playing 6-8 true freshmen and counting on them to win. Those 23 and 24 year old players at Miami that jmack mentioned are more valuable than some realize.
And the Zaggers prove to be pretenders to the Throne. I shoulda known. Still got my horses in the race and one of them, Miami, is heading into the back stretch at a good pace.
Your picks are lookin' pretty good Sebe. I still got three of my horses on the track: Miami, Louisville, and Florida. I do not understand Florida Gulf Coast being able to make it this far. I am just learning that they beat both Florida and Miami during the regular season. They must have talent!!
Yep, Sebe, I am dead in the water cept for Louisville and Florida. But I had Miami meeting Louisville in the grand finale and Miami winning. You still got Louisville too, don't you/
Anyway...I am going to watch the Cardinals tonite. I have seen them twice and they are good. Full court pressure with breakaway dunks and alley oops.
I think you are correcto mundo Seeboreeno. Louisville has all the weapons. I am glad Jim Boeheim got his 'cuse team in the final four. He's a class act. Michigan scares me. I think Witchita will Fall (pun intended).
Sooooo: Louisville Cardinals to win the big enchilada. I believe you called it.
I agree Sebe. The Cardinals seem unstopable. I, too, remember that Bob Knight team and the one before it when they went undefeated during the season then ran into Kentucky during the NCAA Tournament and got upset by the Wildcats. Had that not have happened Indiana would have two in a row of undefeated teams.
Is my memory right on this? I get cloudy sometimes.