The Uconn Huskies won the NCAA Championship of Men's Basketball tonight by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats by a narrow margin. Uconn came out of the gates strong and while Kentucky made run after run, the Huskies proved to be more experienced and mentally tougher. The game really came down to the inability of Kentucky to make free-throws. It could have simply been nerves. Randle did not play his best game, but I felt that Young showed that he too, will be a major factor in the NBA in the future and I'm sure in the draft this summer.
The season has come down to it's final four, and to the shock of many, the SEC has two teams left standing. This tournament did not go the way most picked, but Kentucky may just be the shock of the tournament. Florida was the number one overall seed and most prognosticators had picked them to get the the round of four. Kentucky was given an eight seed and had to beat undefeated Wichita State and Louisville, before defeating Big Ten Power and number 2 seed Michigan to get to the semi-final round.
Freshmen players are always exciting in college basketball, but the one-and-done rule is hurting the game because of a lack of identity and continuity. This season, we have seen guys like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Joel Embiid steal the highlights on SportsCenter, but is this good for the image of college basketball?
The first night of the Sweet 16 saw the SEC team that actually got respect, with Florida playing 4 seed UCLA. UCLA kept it close for a while, but Florida ended up dominating the second half with a 79-68 win for the Gators. The SEC Player of the Year and SEC Tournament MVP Scotty Wilbekin took over in the second half after a sub-par first half. He showed the toughness that has propelled this Florida team all year round and won them the overall number 1 seed in this tournament.
SEC (men's) basketball seems to get no respect. Well, that may be about to come to an end. Which conference do you think has the best record in the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament? ACC? Big East? Big Ten? No, no and no. It's the SEC with a perfect 6-0 record through the first two rounds. In fact, really the SEC is 7-0 as Tennessee had to win a "play-in" game to get into the field of 64.
While I don't think Florida State is on their way to a dynasty, I don't see anyone else contending with Florida State for two reasons: what they return and their schedule. That makes them good college football picks for next season.
At this time in the season we see two teams firmly in the NCAA tournament. Kentucky figures to be in anywhere from a 3-6 seed. We then see Florida qualifying as a 1 seed. After that it's up in the air for the rest of the SEC. You've got to figure that Georgia, Ole Miss, Missouri, and Tennessee are the teams that are battling right now. Just below them we have LSU and Arkansas.
At this point in the season ESPN has Tennessee, Missouri, LSU, Kentucky and Florida making into the SEC tournament. It leaves out Arkansas with a 44 BPI and Ole Miss with a 61 BPI. This week could make or break many of these teams. Florida travels to Tennessee. Tennessee cannot afford a home loss, but it's Florida and the hardest test they will face at home.
The SEC is beginning to shake out. We can now see clear lines being drawn. The two teams at the top will stay that way and make the NCAA tournament and probably make deep runs. Florida just seems to be way ahead of the curve in this league. Kentucky can beat any team in the NCAA on any given night. They are young, do make mistakes, but have potential to be a Championship contender.
The Missouri Tigers have a 2 game winning streak and now have the second best over-all record in the SEC and are fourth according to overall standings with a 4-3 SEC record and 16-4 over all record. This is a team that we all thought would be tournament bound in non-conference play, but a sub par performance early on in SEC play did not look like it would end soon.
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