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March Madness......which team will rise above the mass

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I have only seen a handful of games and I really do not have a favorite. The team I saw play early was Conn. and they had some suspensions and do not even show up in the top 25........so I wait for an expert to give us guidance....I have lost my privileges after my predictions in football.

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2seaoat wrote:I have only seen a handful of games and I really do not have a favorite. The team I saw play early was Conn. and they had some suspensions and do not even show up in the top 25........so I wait for an expert to give us guidance....I have lost my privileges after my predictions in football.

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Connecticut is banned from the post-season.

Despite last night's loss, my money is on Indiana to take the championship home.

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Connecticut is banned from the post-season.


I knew the Boatright kid had been suspended during the season, but I was unaware that they had sanctions. I played against his grandfather while at college, and when he is playing they are very good. I have seen Indiana play for only short spurts and they looked good. I would tend to agree, but I think it will be as usual a big ten year in basketball.....which means you never count out Michigan State.

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2seaoat wrote:Connecticut is banned from the post-season.


I knew the Boatright kid had been suspended during the season, but I was unaware that they had sanctions. I played against his grandfather while at college, and when he is playing they are very good. I have seen Indiana play for only short spurts and they looked good. I would tend to agree, but I think it will be as usual a big ten year in basketball.....which means you never count out Michigan State.

There's a lot of very good teams in the Big Ten.

Indiana just looks like it has all of the pieces to make a deep run.

And as much as it makes me throw up in my mouth a little to say it, Florida also looks to me to be a team poised to go a long way.

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I agree Sal... I wouldn't be surprised to see two or three big ten teams in the elite eight... Maybe two in the final four with a little luck. I really like Michigan State as a fan... should be a great tourn.

Florida also looks to me to be a team poised to go a long way.

Ky and Florida always put the best programs on the floor. I am a real big fan of Noah since he got in the NBA and the hustle he displays has been with him since he lead Florida to the Championship win, and a lot of people diss him and the Florida program, but I think he is second only to Dwight Howard in the NBA centers power forward category, and it is the enthusiasm he brought from his days at Florida which cannot be taught to some of these overpaid prima donnas in the NBA........I also do not get the KY approach to this one year and go to the pros approach to recruiting and building a team.....I think it has caught up to them this year.

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2seaoat wrote:Florida also looks to me to be a team poised to go a long way.

Ky and Florida always put the best programs on the floor. I am a real big fan of Noah since he got in the NBA and the hustle he displays has been with him since he lead Florida to the Championship win, and a lot of people diss him and the Florida program, but I think he is second only to Dwight Howard in the NBA centers power forward category, and it is the enthusiasm he brought from his days at Florida which cannot be taught to some of these overpaid prima donnas in the NBA........I also do not get the KY approach to this one year and go to the pros approach to recruiting and building a team.....I think it has caught up to them this year.

As a Kentucky fan, I can assure you that if every four year cycle results in ...

1 Elite Eight
1 Final Four
1 National Championship
and
1 Bust

... I can live with that.

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The question with KY is can you be too successful in your recruiting that it hurts your program? If you lose continuity in your program because players jump to the NBA, is this the best strategy? I am a firm believer in team play and team defense. It takes years to develop a program and instill those values, but if you lose half your team each year to transfers or the NBA....I just do not see how you keep that continuity. KY may still make the tournament, but last year may have been a fluke.....the Davis kid however was great.

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2seaoat wrote:I have only seen a handful of games and I really do not have a favorite. The team I saw play early was Conn. and they had some suspensions and do not even show up in the top 25........so I wait for an expert to give us guidance....I have lost my privileges after my predictions in football.

http://msn.foxsports.com/collegebasketball/polls

Connecticut is banned from the post-season.

Despite last night's loss, my money is on Indiana to take the championship home.

With Ryan Kelly returning to the floor after an injury, Duke IMHO will be the team to beat. However, Sal, like you said, Indiana will be a force to reckon with.

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2seaoat wrote:The question with KY is can you be too successful in your recruiting that it hurts your program? If you lose continuity in your program because players jump to the NBA, is this the best strategy? I am a firm believer in team play and team defense. It takes years to develop a program and instill those values, but if you lose half your team each year to transfers or the NBA....I just do not see how you keep that continuity. KY may still make the tournament, but last year may have been a fluke.....the Davis kid however was great.

Calipari's strategy is to use the kids for the year the best he can and his previous success (winning and pipeline to the pros) lets them use him for that year until they are draft eligible. Both benefit. Cal gets wins and the couple, who would have previously went from HS to the pros, get a place to chill out with free room and board until the draft. Neither is good for college basketball, but if college basketball cared enough, it would make it mandatory to stay in school two years instead of just one.

2seaoat wrote:The question with KY is can you be too successful in your recruiting that it hurts your program? If you lose continuity in your program because players jump to the NBA, is this the best strategy? I am a firm believer in team play and team defense. It takes years to develop a program and instill those values, but if you lose half your team each year to transfers or the NBA....I just do not see how you keep that continuity. KY may still make the tournament, but last year may have been a fluke.....the Davis kid however was great.

I'll stick with judging by the results, and so far, Cal's results are indisputably excellent.

Remember, Kentucky has been hampered by a season-ending injury to its best player this year.

With him, they win 2 or 3 more games and make the tournament easily.

And this was not the best of Cal's recruiting classes.

They had to fill some holes in the lineup with transfers.

Next year, another #1 ranked recruiting class arrives.

From a Kentucky fan's perspective, the thing that I really like about Cal's coaching style, is that his teams are always exciting and fun to watch.

This year's team is undisciplined and out of control much of the time, but they are not boring.

After suffering through years of watching Ten Loss Tubby's teams dribbling the air out of the ball and then the Gillespie Debacle, Cal's teams are like a breath of fresh air every time they take the floor.

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I bet on Duke, but I'm going to pull for Florida.


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My team (FSU, GO NOLES!) won't be there, but I am a fan also of GONZAGA and will root for them just because they are always the underdog no matter what rank they hold.

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