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The Four-Point Play (March Madness Is Here Edition)

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ONE - "Down Goes Frazier! Down Goes Frazier!" Which number one seed will fall first?

Mark my words: UConn will lose first. I hate to say it, because I truly do like the Connecticut Huskies, but they miss Jerome Dyson BADLY right now. They’re leaning on AJ Price to do it all in the backcourt right now, and that’s not gonna get the job done. If their frontcourt plays out of their minds, then it may make up for it, but they’re already pretty good as it is, and I really don’t know if they can play much better. I just don’t see Pitt having trouble getting to the Final Four, or Louisville. UNC should be straight too, as long as Ty Lawson is ready to go.

TWO - More Valuable: Great Frontcourt or Great Guard Play?

Conventional wisdom says guards rule the world, and I’m inclined to agree. Then I took a look at the last team to repeat as national champions in college basketball. No disrespect to Florida’s backcourt, but they won those titles based on their frontcourt being superior to everyone else’s. Hell, they even had the nerve to compare Joakim Noah to Magic *bleeping* Johnson!!! I see Pitt having that same factor this year, as well as Memphis, Oklahoma, Louisville, and even Texas, even though UT does have AJ Abrams in the backcourt.

THREE - Who are your favorite players and teams from March Madness of all-time?

For me, it’s easily the Fab Five teams of the early-90’s, with C-Webb, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. You can also put the 1990 and 1991 Runnin’ Rebels teams up here, as well as Arizona’s 2001 team with Jason Gardner and Gilbert Arenas in the backcourt, and Richard Jefferson, Michael Wright, and Loren Woods in the frontcourt. Other teams include three 2003 squads; the Texas Longhorns (even though I hate UT), led by TJ Ford, Royal Ivey, James Thomas, and Brandon Mouton, the OU Sooners with “Flawless” Hollis Price, Quannas White, Ebi Ere, and Big Kevin Bookout, and the Syracuse team with Carmelo, Jerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, and Billy Edelin.

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AND ONE - Brother President Has Spoken: Who Do You Have Winning it All?

I gotta admit that it was pretty funny watching Coach Jeff Capel get aggravated when a reporter brought up President Obama saying that OU won’t win, because they don’t play enough players. As much as I love OU, the prez is telling the truth (I still have them going far, though). He has three number one seeds in the Final Four, which is way too many this year, but he’s far from being the only one guilty. There’s just been too much inconsistency with the top teams all season long. For now though, it’s time to get ready. The best time of the year is only hours away…

Be easy.



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