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Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Posted on: March 30, 2008 11:41 pm

Four No. 1 seeds.

Four talented rosters.

Four accomplished coaches.

Man, is this gonna be fun or what?

Now I know some don't like it, having all four top seeds heading to San Antonio. They swear it's predictable (even though it had never happened before) and complain that it eliminates the Cinderella factor. My view: Screw Cinderella! She usually gets exposed in the Final Four anyway. I mean, as nice as that George Mason story was two years ago we all knew the Patriots had no shot to win the national title; it just wasn't gonna happen. So I'm pleased this NCAA tournament produced four legitimate powers, any of whom can reasonably expect to cut nets next Monday night.

Memphis opened as a 1-point favorite over UCLA.

North Carolina opened as a 3-point favorite over Kansas.

That's an indication these games are expected to be tight. And though I've never claimed to be a historian, I can't recall another year when we had four teams so good that there was no way to make a dumb prediction about how things might unfold. Seriously, is there any combination of Final Four winners that could be mocked?

Taking Memphis and North Carolina to advance is reasonable.

But so is taking UCLA and Kansas.

Or UCLA and North Carolina.

Or Memphis and Kansas.

And regardless of what happens in Saturday's semifinals, we're gonna have a Monday title game featuring a pair of worthy championship contenders. So buckle in and get ready because this should be great. The Road to the Final Four only has four cars remaining -- high-powered luxury vehicles, every last one of them

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2008 5:32 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Wow. Looks like somebody (nyccats) needs to take a chill pill. Parrish hit the nail on the head. Davidson and George Mason are great teams, but neither of them are national title contenders. Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina, and UCLA, however, are title contenders and have a legitimate shot. Congrats to Davidson, but we all know that they did not stand a chance against KU or North Carolina. The only reason the game with KU was close was because the Jayhawks not only had to beat Davidson, but also the terrible officiating job.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2008 4:24 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Its crazy how this is the first time this has ever happened. Also Kansas got lucky because it was a terrible play at the end of the game by davidson or else they would have won. But Kansas won and they are going to beat UNC and UCLA is going to beat memphis. In the championship UCLA is going to beat Kansas with Love leading the way.

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2008 4:09 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Great answer! I enjoyed the post Gary.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2008 1:55 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

This will be the best Final Four in years. Im sick of having some lowly seed get torn up in the semi's. UNC-KU is maybe the best matchup of the tourney, and you cannot overlook Jayhawk Nation wanting to slam Roy Williams for leaving without bringing a championship to Lawrence. With Ty Lawson and Sherron Collins you have probably the two fastest most electrifying point guards in the country. What can Hansbrough do with 4 solid big men rotating on him? This will be the national championship in my opinion. Lets just hope that Parrish and Co can write about some of the better storylines for the Final Four, instead of making like ESPN and acting like UCLA and UNC are the only teams in the tourney.( I'm pretty sure there were 65 teams to starts with, so how come only Kevin Love and UNC worshipping?)

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2008 1:05 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Yeah, Go get em Parrish!!

Seriously though, you are absolutely right, its hard to make a prediction on these games, although I feel Memphis is too long and deep for UCLA to handle.  They will have to play their best game of the tourney to get past Memphis.  They cannot play like they did against Western Kentucky or they are in for a long night.  Shipp & Westbrook must step up as well, if they come up tiny, the Bruins are doomed.

That being said, Memphis wins if they play to their strengths and don't get in the way of themselves, i.e. taking plays off, technical fouls, etc.  They have to stick with what got them there, aggressive offense, continue to make passes and play strong D.  Foul shooting could be an issue although they seem as if that monkey is off their backs. 

If Memphis plays with the same intensity with which they played Texas, they should beat the Bruins.

Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2008 12:38 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Have to agree with u, accno. If the four #1 seeds were St. Josephs memphis washington st and west virginia, i would be happy that they were in the final four. But Ucla? Come on! Havent they been in it like 10 straight years now? North carolina? They cruised through the season and only a non sports fan wouldnt have them in his final four.

This is not college basketballs fault, though. It started when the nba made its minimum age rule. Now, the top tier freshmen go to the same schools every year, meaning the same schools are always powerhuoses. Pretty boring huh? but good for nba because now if you want different teams winning the championship every year, thats what you watch, not ncaa.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2008 12:28 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

I hope it's fine.  With arguably two great first rounds, the tournament finally revealed itself to having 2 -3 of its next 12 games as remotely thrilling (or close, or whatever, IMHO).  As ecstatic I am that nobody "who can't go all the way" is in the Final Four, I have such a ridiculously sour taste in my mouth from the last week that let's just hope we didn't "break" the curse by sacrificing competitiveness.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2008 12:08 pm

It has nothing to do with Cinderella

My personal complaint about this year's final four is how UCLA, Kansas, and North Carolina are in it. I as well as many others are tired of these same teams in the Final Four year in and year out. That is why I want the Memphis Tigers to win it all. A breath of fresh air, something new and exciting instead of same old, same old. It would also be hilarious for Memphis to win it all considering the disrespect they have gotten all season just because of their conference.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2008 10:24 am

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Four #1 seeds, 3 #1's and a #2, if you look back in history most of the final four teams are top college teams regardless of the seeds.  Even when 3's and 4's make it they are top teams.  Cinderella normally lasts a round or two.  Parrish is right that they normally get exposed.  People that think that Cinderella has a chance is wrong.  The top teams in college basketball will make it through.  A team like Gonzaga, or Davidson will never win it all.  That is the one drawback of the much as they promote that anything can happen...a big name team will win it in the end.  As far as people bashing reporting in a blog, remember this is a personal blog filled with opinions not a normal report for a website or magazine.  You are going to get whoever's opinion the blog is not an unbiased account.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2008 9:52 am

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Congratulations to KU, Memphis, NC, and UCLA for making it to the final 4.  They are all great teams and no doubt deserve to be there.  I can't help, however, but to be a wee bit disappointed that it's 4 #1 seeds in the final 4.  One of the great allures of the college basketball postseason is that lower seeds can and often do end up being there in the final 4, and to have that not in existence dimishes the excitement a little.  I realize that this is the first year 4 #1's made it in, but last year it was 3 #1's and a #2.  I'm hopeful this isn't a trend.

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