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Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Posted on: March 30, 2008 11:41 pm

Four No. 1 seeds.

Four talented rosters.

Four accomplished coaches.

Man, is this gonna be fun or what?

Now I know some don't like it, having all four top seeds heading to San Antonio. They swear it's predictable (even though it had never happened before) and complain that it eliminates the Cinderella factor. My view: Screw Cinderella! She usually gets exposed in the Final Four anyway. I mean, as nice as that George Mason story was two years ago we all knew the Patriots had no shot to win the national title; it just wasn't gonna happen. So I'm pleased this NCAA tournament produced four legitimate powers, any of whom can reasonably expect to cut nets next Monday night.

Memphis opened as a 1-point favorite over UCLA.

North Carolina opened as a 3-point favorite over Kansas.

That's an indication these games are expected to be tight. And though I've never claimed to be a historian, I can't recall another year when we had four teams so good that there was no way to make a dumb prediction about how things might unfold. Seriously, is there any combination of Final Four winners that could be mocked?

Taking Memphis and North Carolina to advance is reasonable.

But so is taking UCLA and Kansas.

Or UCLA and North Carolina.

Or Memphis and Kansas.

And regardless of what happens in Saturday's semifinals, we're gonna have a Monday title game featuring a pair of worthy championship contenders. So buckle in and get ready because this should be great. The Road to the Final Four only has four cars remaining -- high-powered luxury vehicles, every last one of them

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2008 7:53 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

The number seeds all being in the Final Four is fine by me. But you can't honestly tell me that you wouldn't have loved to have seen Davidson or Xavier of another smaller school be in the Final Four too. I think the UCLA-Memphis game will be close but, I see UCLA pulling away via free throws. Hopefully Ben Howland will be smarter and start fouling earlier if need be (cough, cough Rick Barnes!). And North Carolina will be just to good for Kansas. They should blow them out. They are just scary good. If Hansbourgh stays they could be scary good next year too.

And just for laughs...Ohio State will win the NIT! GO BUCKS!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2008 12:42 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

That isn't what he said. He said that he prefers to see great teams in the Final Four, and it isn't a problem to him if there is no Cinderella team in the Final Four.

By the way, you've got it backwards. In 20 years when people look back on the 2006 NCAA Tournament, everyone is going to remember that it was Florida who won the title. A decent amount of people will remember Mason, but not nearly as many as those who remember the beginning of the Gators' back-to-back crowns. Almost nobody remembers that Davidson made the Elite Eight before in the 1970's, or that LSU made the Final Four in 1986 as a No. 11 seed.

It's the same with Davidson. Next year, everyone will be talking about the national champion and whether or not they can defend their crown, because all four of these teams should be contenders again next season. Nobody will be talking about Davidson unless the Wildcats make it back to the tournament, which they should. But Davidson will not be the story at the beginning of next year's tournament. Americans have short memories. Unless you win the title, nobody talks about you for very long. Most people don't remember Gonzaga made three straight trips to the Sweet 16 as a double-digit seed each time.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2008 12:30 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Enjoy the Outback, Max. The post was a solid piece. Not Pulitzer Prize-winning, but good.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2008 12:25 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Screw Cinderella?

In 20 years when people look back at the NCAA tournament in 2006, they are not gonna give a damn who won the thing, but they will remember that a little unknown school from Virginia made the greatest run in the history of the tournament, George Mason.

Hey Parrish, why not just forget about playing the first 62 games and just put the top four teams in the Final Four from just the rankings.

That way we wouldn't have to see Western Kentucky's buzzer beater, Siena routing Vandy, San Diego nipping Connecticut, Nova taking down Clemson and the biggest story of this tournament ... the Davidson Wildcats and a star born in Stephen Curry.

Next year no one will care who wins this weekend, but they will still be talking about Davidson.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2008 2:46 am

Four top seeds? That's fine by me


" Memphis' offense is a dunk."

This is possibly the most ignorant comment I have read this tournament season (congrats, btw, because you had some fierce competition). Memphis certainly loves to get out in transition, and they can definitely throw it down (Dorsey and Rose are just sick). But, make no mistake, they do run a complex offense. Case in point: the last three tourney games, they have had a TOTAL of 20 turnovers (not including the giveaway at the end of the Texas game). A team simply cannot average less than seven turnovers against three of the best teams in the SEC, Big 10, and Big 12, while playing streetball.


Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2008 10:09 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

you...are a complete tool bag...what kind of a f*g writes a book on something that you know nothing about...i didn't even read what you wrote, only replied with this so you will know that you are a loser

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2008 9:51 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

My personal complaint about this year's final four is how UCLA, Kansas, and North Carolina are in it. I as well as many others are tired of these same teams in the Final Four year in and year out. That is why I want the Memphis Tigers to win it all. A breath of fresh air, something new and exciting instead of same old, same old. It would also be hilarious for Memphis to win it all considering the disrespect they have gotten all season just because of their conference.

I like the love!  memphis IS the underdog.  all the other schools are known powers.  memphis NEEDS more fan support like this!


it's time for a change, GO WITH MEMPHIS!!!

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2008 8:59 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Echoed congrats to the top seeds.  I'll watch all three upcoming games, but I doubt I'll jump up off the couch as often as I did watching Curry light it up.  Unless Love  launches one of those chest pass shots in from 75 feet, this tournament will be remembered as Curry's Tourney.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2008 6:20 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

Scratch that,LOVE THE VOLS

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2008 6:17 pm

Four top seeds? That's fine by me

This year, I had my brackets wrong completly! I got 10 of the 1st round games wrong.  I like the Vols, but go Memphis!


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