Saturday, January 30, 2010

Parity will be the madness come March

As the madness is just over a month away teams seems to gearing up to try and put together the six-game winning streak that has immortality on the other end of it. One of the key components to putting together that streak is have a favorable draw and/or most importantly, a top seed. However, it doesn’t appear that anyone wants it or at least can hang on to it. The aberration that was the 07/08 tournament where all top seeds made it to the final four, will surely not be the case this year as no team has been able to separate themselves from the pack as a clear favorite as the normal party guest have yet to RSVP for this year’s party. North Carolina, UCLA, Memphis, UCONN, and Louisville are some of the party animals from the previous decade that are in danger of missing their invitation this year. Beginning this weekend there are some crucial games for teams that are trying to build their tournament resumes starting with the war at ‘the octagon’ between K and KState. This was unavoidable and was circled on the schedule as one of the tough games KU would have to overcome, but how padded would KState’s RPI be if they can come up with their second win over a top-ranked team in consecutive weeks? Kudos to Duke and Georgetown for putting it on the line with a tough non-conference schedule this late in the season. Gtown is in a better position but an upset win by Duke whom normally have their non-conference challenges in the confines of Tobacco Road surrounded by Cam Crazies, but this time they’ll travel to a hostile place in need of a big road win. Then there’s the Kentucky who took over as the Nation’s top team but had a shorter reign than Pope Uban VII, after losing at the same afore mentioned octagon. So with no clear cut favorites and possibly two top-seeds with multiple losses mean for the greatest show on earth? Probably the most competitive tournament that we’ve ever had and despite the absence of the some big names and traditional teams the parity of this years dance will more than keep the audience close long after the opening tip just over a month away. Do you think the tournament needs the big name schools or players to draw big ratings or attendance this year? Let us know here or in any of the quick links.

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