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Your Fantasy Football teams are already out of contention because your stars are hurt? You’re tired of watching nothing but delays and replays as the NFL continues to corkscrew itself into the Earth with a crap-ton of penalties and still no discernible ability to define a “catch?”
Well then…come over to the “Dark Side” with me and start watching college hoops from the jump.
Instead of generating a set of Top 25, Top 40, etc. rankings here’s a tiered set of squads based on their best-case scenarios all happening to win it all…which never happens…but whatever. I know most of you still won’t follow this sport until the Sun returns in March just in time for all of you to see your Madness Brackets roll off your printers.
Oh, these are presented in alphabetical order within each tier by the way…
Teams Built To Win It All:
Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina
Teams Built To Come Really, Really Close To Winning It All:
Arizona, California, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Villanova, Virginia, Wichita State
Teams A Notch Down From Being Built To Come Really, Really Close To Winning It All:
Indiana, Michigan State, Utah, Wisconsin
Teams That Are Really, Really Darn Good:
Baylor, Butler, Connecticut, LSU, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, West Virginia
Teams That Are Really, Really Darn Good But Hired Larry Brown So They Naturally Got Put On Probation And If You See Them In Your March Madness Bracket Ask For A Corrected One:
Teams I Probably Should Have Included Above (Who Didn’t Hire Larry Brown And Aren’t On Probation) But Are Really, Really Darn Good Too:
Boise State, Georgetown, Miami (Fla.), Texas, Xavier
And now a “starting five” of random thoughts on the college hoops season ahead…
- The change to a 30-second clock is one of the biggest rules adjustments in this sport in decades. Look for teams to continue to shoot just as poorly…but faster now.
- The “block-charge” call will continue to be the NFL’s version of a “catch.” Back when I played determining whether a player with the ball committed a foul or the defender fouled up his path to the basket was easily clarified. If the defensive player had both feet firmly planted on the ground prior to the collision the foul was on the offensive player. Sorry folks. No one will still know which way to call this rule. Just letting you know in advance.
- Duke lost their three freshman stars from last season’s NCAA Championship Team. Some people automatically dropped them from title consideration for this season. Some people are stupid. Remember…these are among the very same people you drive automobiles alongside each day…including that distracted driver who rear-ended me in bright sunshine and dry conditions while stopped at a light but I’m no longer bitter about it even though it happened a few days ago.
- Pay particular attention to a fellow named Kris Dunn who plays for Providence. He led the country in assist rate last season and could have been a top (lottery) NBA pick. He chose to stay and help the Friars compete this season because Providence stuck by him big-time early in his career when he had issues…and he also wanted to get a degree. The only drawback to Kris’ plan was a couple of teammates decided not to assist him and transfer out for their own reasons. Dunn will need to be way more selfish on the court this season…but he gets major points for not being selfish off it.
- Ben Simmons is a freshman basketball player at LSU. If all goes according to plan you will hear his name as often as those mind-numbing One-Week Fantasy Sports sites running commercials on your television 24/7 (Use Promo Code KILL ME NOW). Anyway… Ben Simmons can be THAT good a player. Enjoy watching Ben because he’ll be coming to an NBA city near you after this first and last season with the Tigers.
One additional comment…thank you so much Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker and Head Coach Gregg Marshall for all sticking around at Wichita State. It has been an absolute pleasure watching your program grow into the big-time with arguably the best backcourt in the nation and undeniably one of the best coaches in the country. In the last three seasons the Shockers have gone to a Final Four, started a year 35-0 and claimed a victory over in-state rival and perennial national power Kansas. Well done gentlemen.
Let’s tip this season off, shall we?