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The Upset Special


Is the reason why you watch the NCAA Tournament. March Madness, if you will. You watch it just like you watch a movie, a thrilling TV series (The Wire, 24 comes to mind), or when the club lets out at 2 in morning and you see a fight break out, and you know better that its time to go yet...you just can't stop watching.

Ok wait, I drifted for a second. My point is, that's what makes March Madness so great, the unexpected. It wouldn't be fun if someone told you AHEAD of time that Virginia Commonwealth was gonna upset Duke, you wouldn't have all of a sudden irrationally said, "I knew VCU could do it" and lied to your fellow man and said you had them going in your bracket. If someone told you that George Mason would make a run for the ages into the Final Four, you'd call them a pure and unadulterated idiot. Because it just sounds blasphemous. Stephen Curry makes us (light-skinned people) believe that the miracle is possible.

Or that the majors of college basketball aren't as major as we think. Those one-and-done college players weaken teams that should be great. Realize that Kevin Durant would be a junior at Texas right now, that Beasley would be a sophomore at K-State. Derrick Rose a sophomore at Memphis, Greg Oden and Mike Conley would be juniors at Ohio State. Tyrus Thomas would be a senior at LSU! (Go look at the '06 draft class, that might be the worst class ever. Take out B-Roy and there's not an all-star in the group. No one's even close for real. Jeez-us...)

After watching the conference tournaments and the injuries and lack of completeness from the "great teams" in this college basketball season, I'm going to make a proclamation right now. This will be one of the greatest March Madness NCAA Tournament's, ever. Yeah, I said it. Here are a few reasons why:

- Can anyone definitively tell me who's the best team in the country right now? Don't worry, I'll wait...

- The powerhouses of college basketball all have major flaws; Duke has no interior presence, UCLA has no #1 scorer, UNC is just lethargic, UConn lost their starting PG, Pitt lacks big-game experience, Louisville is inconsistent, and Memphis and Oklahoma haven't played anybody. Do you honestly trust any of these teams?

- There are so many good mid-majors right now that they are beginning to not be mid-majors. What do I mean? Is Memphis a mid-major? Is Gonzaga a mid-major now? No. They get as many 5-star players as other major teams. (Trust, at Gonzaga they get the best players in the Pac-NW, not Oregon, Washington, or Wazzu) At this point, I'd say Butler and Xavier are in that mix too. Plus, there are other teams like VCU, Creighton, and Dayton that are poised to make a run.

- No one wants to be great. Look at folks who were ranked #1 this year, they all lost. There are alot of teams (mostly out West) who have received ZERO love and when you have to make your brackets, don't be surprised when Washington messes up your whole bracket. BYU and Utah will probably both win their first round games. So be smart about this.

Also, if your looking for some help, my dude Antone's been using this efficiency rating that factors in a lot of statistical variables that shows how good teams really are. He told me about Missouri about 3 months ago and I told him he was nuts. Last time I checked, Missouri was the only top seed remaining in the Big 12 conference tournament. So go to www.allhiphopsports.blogspot.com to learn more about it, and download a mixtape while your there lol...

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-Ed.
www.edthesportsfan.com

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