It’s December and after the first month of College Basketball, you’re starting to see the contenders from the pretenders early and often. College hoops is a funny sport. Since there’s a tournament unlike football, it’s easy for a random team to get hot at the right time, and make a run to the final four (looks at Wichita State last year, Butler and VCU in 2011) , but mostly, you can tell who’s good enough to win a national title, or who’s just flat out average. I don’t really care what the Coaches and AP poll say. These are my rankings and I’m ranking the top 10 teams from here until March. If you aren’t with it, that’s unfortunate. Now let’s begin.
I forgot to update this, but I changed some stuff on my bracket. Instead of Michigan State winning it all, I have Ohio State.
Half the first round was sluggish for me. Went 11/16 as I switched from Colorado State to Mizzou (That’s called Shaun overthinking things), New Mexico showing up flat, and Davidson blowing a big lead. I picked South Dakota State because I don’t think Michigan is that good. I still don’t think they are. Pittsburgh was the only team that hurt me the most. I had them in the sweet 16, and them showing up uninspired early in the morning cost me a chance at points.
If anything, we almost saw Gonzaga lose today, which would have been hilarious to me. Why? Gonzaga does deserve their one seed, but at the same time, it’d be funny if they were the one program who lost to a 16 seed.
Before I even get started on this blog, I feel the need to get this off my chest about my personal feelings about Duke University in the most bias way possible. If you’re a duke fan, don’t get all pissy and upset what I’m about to say. If you’re in my family, I know you’re overreact hence why I’m going to say this simple fact about Duke. If you know me personally, you’ll know I say this at least 15 times a year because to me, it’s the only way I can state my feelings about them.
Fuck Duke University. Fuck their floor slapping. Fuck their charges. Fuck Coach K (In all seriousness, I actually like K when he’s not coaching against Carolina), and most importantly, Fuck those nerds who jump and yell they call the Cameron Crazies. You know what’s funny about Duke? Well for one, they lost to Lehigh in the tournament last year. I know, I know Duke fans. You lost. But it’s still pretty funny that one of the most successful programs of all-time loses to a team that NOBODY heard of. If anything, you made them famous. Besides, Carolina lost to Weber State in 1999 in Seattle (I still get sick thinking about this game because it happened in my own backyard). It happens. Stop your whining and deal with the jokes.
The one thing that I’ve noticed is that whenever a Duke player makes a great play, they always seem to hug each other. Most teams chest bump, but at Duke, it’s more favorable to give a hug. If these players were hugging each other after winning, say the ACC Tournament, or winning the National Title, I’d understand it. But over one great play? That’s why folks invented the chest bump, fellas.
The funny thing about my Duke slander is that it’s not really “slander.” About 85% of Duke fans that I know are actually dope and it’s a back and forth trash talk. In fact, my cousin Chauntelle is a Duke fan and we talk about Duke all the time (Well not all the time. But you get the picture). She knows how I feel about them, but at the same time, I don’t mind Duke winning games but that being said, I’m not saying I want them to prosper ever, because I don’t. But at the same time, I don’t really sit and root against them unless it happens to help Carolina out (See Duke’s loss against Virginia). Most people hate Duke because they win. I hate Duke because it’s a natural feeling coming because my team is their rival.
If you think about it, Duke has helped college basketball but ruined the way they play a bit. Why do I say this? It has nothing to do with them winning. It has everything with the charge circle that was implemented in the college game a couple of years ago. Duke players used to sit and take charges underneath the basket. See: Greg Paulus.
Now that I’ve gotten that mini rant out the way, let’s talk about this game on Saturday.
Finally. It’s March 1st everyone. Happy March Madness. In this case, we’d usually see upsets throughout the month, and eventually that’d be the “madness.” This year, however, the madness started in early December when two things occurred on the same day: The Butler Bulldogs beat Indiana in overtime in Indianapolis where Butler’s walk-on Alex Barlow hit the game-winner. Then that night, Arizona comes from behind at home in the last minute to beat the Florida Gators and it created a sense of a feel that this college basketball season could be crazy.
Well, we weren’t wrong. 19 top 5 teams have been beaten by unranked foes all season. Last night, Duke lost at Virginia, which lead to the darlings of the “we beat top teams in November, and even though we haven’t been playing great lately, we still should get a one seed” being a little bit exposed. It’s not like Duke is a bad team. Duke is like every college basketball team this year. Good teams, could win it all, but they aren’t “great.” This to me isn’t a bad thing at all.
A lot of people claim that this college basketball season has been weak. Weak because there hasn’t be a “dominant” team to root for, and the different amounts of number 1 teams in the country. The preseason #1 team, Indiana has been #1 two other times after losing to Butler, and they haven’t been able to hold on to that spot. It’s not because they are a bad team. It’s because IU plays in the best or 2nd best conference (The Mountain West Conference has one of the highest RPIs, and other than New Mexico, a lot of teams who are the same) and their quality of opponents is higher. However, even though IU hasn’t been able to hold on to the number 1 spot, they’ve been one of the most dominant teams in the country due to the play of their guards Victor Oladipo, Yogi Farrell, and Jordan Hulls. Then, when you add Christian “I need to cut my nappy hair” Watford, and Cody Zeller (I almost typed Tyler), they have all of the pieces to be the favorite.
So who’s gonna be the new number 1 team this week on March 4th? Expect it to be Gonzaga. Gonzaga has been low on the radar. Well not low because everyone knows all about them, but they’ve moved up in the rankings because everyone is beating each other. Sure, this might be Mark Few’s best team ever (I don’t believe this at all, btw. Give me the 2005-06 team with Adam Morrison, Derek Raivio, and J.P. Batista than this one) but are they really the de-facto number 1 team in the land? Which poses another question: Is anyone even good enough to be number 1 in the country?
Selection Sunday (which should be a national holiday) is in 2 weeks. I have no idea who’s gonna win the NCAA tournament, and that’s the beauty of the sport. It’s unknown, it’s different and to be honest, that’s why we love it. It’s March. It’s finally time for the madness to officially begin.
I’m keeping this short and sweet because I don’t really have time to talk about how bad these uniforms are to me. I haven’t worn an Adidas shoe since 2005. Ever since I found the Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 in the middle of April, I fell back in love with Nike and haven’t left them. A lot of people tell me all the time how dope Adidas is. This is dope?
Here’s Adidas’ statement(from SB Nation)
PORTLAND, Ore. (February 28, 2013) – adidas today unveils the new eye-catching adizero uniform system for six of its collegiate teams to wear during the 2013 NCAA basketball postseason. The uniforms feature adidas’ most advanced uniform technologies and a limited-edition camouflage print designed to make an impact on the court.
[…] “The adizero uniform system gives players the leading performance technology with a distinctive on-court style,” said Chris McGuire, adidas Director of Sports Marketing. “The NCAA postseason brings together the best teams in the country and these uniforms celebrate the excitement of the game letting players stand out during college basketball’s biggest moments. These programs will wear the most innovative basketball uniforms and footwear to help them elevate their game during the most important time of the year.”
Designed for a bold on-court look and engineered to enhance player performance by improving fit, comfort and mobility, the adizero short sleeve uniform system is made from 60 percent recycled materials and features FORMOTION technology for comfort and maximum mobility during shooting and dribbling. Jersey armhole insets with 360-degree stretch fabric promote free range of motion for the arms and shoulders.
[…] The uniform’s limited-edition design and coloring is created for this season’s NCAA basketball postseason run. The impact camo pattern is designed to let players stand out on college basketball’s biggest stage, while patches on the jersey backs feature school specific detailing to pay homage to team spirit and pride. Teams will suit up in the adizero uniform systems beginning with conference tournament play March 13-17. Fans can pick up team gear at adidas.com and campus bookstores.
So someone at Adidas thought this was a good idea? Someone out there thinks these short-sleeve uniforms are…….. dope? Someone thinks these shorts are …….. fire? Adidas, who the hell are you speaking to when it comes to your products? You must FIRE, and I mean FIRE whoever came up with this. The sad thing about these short-sleeve uniforms is that in a couple of years, NBA teams will be wearing them. Not just Golden State, but EVERY team in the league.
You couldn’t create a lighter uniform with just a jersey, but you could add it lighter with sleeves added on? Huh?
The funny thing about this whole thing is that Baylor, a team who has 11 losses won’t be in the Big Dance UNLESS they win the Big 12 tournament (Which I doubt). So they’ll be wearing these awful things in the NIT? You notice how Indiana and Michigan who also wear Adidas aren’t getting these “special” uniforms. That’s the smartest thing both of these programs have done in awhile.
I bet none of these teams will make the final four with these uniforms, which will make Adidas look like a damn fool once again. I feel like Adidas is paying homage to the 90s, and talked to Chris Webber about these.
Keep taking those L’s, Adidas. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Nike, just take over the NBA and all college athletics. For good.