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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
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Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2008 9:42 am
 

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

I hate to sound obnoxious, but this blog post is completely meaningless and an utter waste of time.

I read this and couldn't believe how anyone could write that many paragraphs and still convey no information whatsoever. Sports reporting is not a fine art. It's not as if you have to "dig" to find some actual information. Please read back over your post, and try to actually find something that's not a waste of time. "But so is taking UCLA and Kansas...Or UCLA and North Carolina...Or Memphis and Kansas."

I mean, please. Come on. This isn't some forum run by rednecks in Arkansas. This is CBS. If this is what the news reporting world is coming to, then the world's about to be nuked and I might as well get a muscle car, take it into the Australian desert, and name myself Max.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2008 7:25 am
 

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

I'vew got a question for ya...obviously, this is the first time all four #1 seeds reached the final four...does this change the way people look at college basketball? Will people look at this year differently or will it just a lucky year?

In my opinion, if all four #1's made it...well, the selection commite did a damn good gob this year, right?




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2008 3:33 am
 

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

North Carolina-Kansas should be great.

Don't really care much for Memphis-UCLA.   Memphis' offense is a dunk.  UCLA's defense is almost impossible to watch at times.  But at least the game should be close late.

As for the four #1's, it isn't a big deal when you consider that four good teams usually get to the Final 4; the fact that this year's teams all had the #1 label shouldn't really destroy the intrigue.  

I like the Cinderella stories more than anyone; and this year had enough of them to satisfy.  Davidson and Western Kentucky both made significant runs and both gave #1 seeds a run for their money (Davidson, especially).  What more can a college basketball fan want?

And I am sure almost anyone who follows the sport can find a team to root for and a team to dislike next weekend just to keep your own interest in the games that don't feature a Cinderella team.  Just sit back, enjoy, and hope for close games!

 




Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2008 3:06 am
 

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

I haven't seen the latest odds on the championship, but it seems to me all four teams oughtta open tomorrow at 5-2. Seriously, any one of these teams could win it. I guess UNC might be favored, given the east coast bias of gamblers in general, but UCLA started the year and the tournament as the Vegas favorite, Memphis spent as I recall many weeks atop the rankings in the regular season, with UCLA and UNC nipping at their heels, and Kansas played a brutal Big 12 schedule and came out on top in almost every game. Also last time I checked it only takes one point more than your opponent to win a game, so all previous games can be thrown out the window.

I guess I am picking UCLA due to the experience of going to the last two final fours.

The real thing starts now.

This has got all the makings of the greatest final four ever.

I can't wait.



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2008 1:51 am
 

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Man, I'm too tired to be messing with you.

But ...

I didn't write that Davidson doesn't belong in the Final Four.

Or that Davidson couldn't win the national title.

Or that Davidson wasn't terrific.

In fact, I NEVER mentioned Davidson in the above post. Not once. So perhaps you're just a little on edge, my friend, because my only point is that we will be treated to a Final Four with four legitimate title contenders, which isn't always the case. Like I wrote, I'm not a historian. But I can't remember a better Final Four than this, where there are going to be four teams with the rosters full of pros that it takes to win it all.

Also, Memphis is not in the BCS.

You should remember that.

Take care.

gp



Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2008 1:26 am
 

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Gary,

Your coverage along with CBS has been pathetic and unprofessional. From your tournament previews to the current post you have refused to truly recognize the accomplishments of any team other than those in the BCS. While it is fine to have a preference for the bigger conference teams, to dismiss the accomplishments of Davidson (and other smaller programs) is unfair and a sad reflection on journalistic abilities. "Screw" Davidson? Really? The story of the tournament and perhaps all of college basketball in recent years should reserve them a little more respect or at least a direct mention. Davidson and their entire college community represent the best of college sports and their accomplishments should be celebrated not their defeat. In addition, to suggest Davidson had no right being in the final four anyway seems ridiculous and questions your knowledge of the sport. A team that beat three rank opponents in a row including the Big Eat regular season champion and the Big Ten regular season/ tournament champion, brought the Big 12 dual champion to their knees, outplayed a unc team but lost by four, and held an 18 point lead over ucla I think has a shot at the championship. So enjoy your final four but please work at your profession. You need it.



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