Updated: Apr 29, 2020
The best time of the year - March. A month littered with upsets, buzzer beaters and Bill Raftery shouting his iconic phrase: “Onions!”. Men literally schedule Vasectomy’s during this time year. We are willing to go under the knife so we can set our priorities straight. Heroic if you ask me. No, actually genius. A double guarantee of never hearing a screaming baby again coupled with the sound of Greg Gumbel in the studio? Hell yeah sign me up.
Butttttt instead we have nothing. March Madness, along with my social life, diet and happiness - are cancelled. I’m now forced to spend quality time with my girlfriend, with no sports on TV to buffer out her voice. COVID-19 has us wondering what could of been for this tourney, and the way the regular season panned out it was shaped up to be a great one. What was I most excited to see? Glad you asked.
Was Kansas a team of destiny?
This team was fixed to make a deep tourney run lead by 2 All Americans, Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson. That pick and roll game between the 2 was something’ serious. You knew it was coming and it simply could not be stopped. Throw the ball up as high as you can and Azubuike would come down with it from the sky like Thors’ hammer. The rims stood more of a chance than me trying to talk to a 10 at bar back in my college days. That means no chance, just to clarify. But who cares, shooters shoot. This Kansas team finished the season #1 in the AP Poll, Kenpom, and were destined to end up being the #1 overall seed in the tourney. They had excellent complement pieces in Marcus Garrett who was the Big12 Defender of the year while also averaging 9.2 points, 4.5 boards and 4.6 assists per game. Lets not forget about Ochai Agbaji either who averaged 10 points and 4.2 boards himself. Throughout all the inconsistency in college basketball, Kansas was anything but. With #1 seeds winning the last 3 tournaments, was Kansas a team of destiny? Why yes, yes they were.
Myles Powell’ National Spotlight Stripped
These are the dudes I feel the worst for during this whole end of the world crisis. You have a guy in Myles Powell who could of easily went to the NBA last year, but decides to come back for his Senior year to try and cut down nets. As a junior he averaged 23.1 points shooting 44.7% from the field and 39.7% from 3. As a senior he averaged 21 points but shot 39.8% from the field and 30.6 % from 3. There’s one thing for certain about this kid, and that’s his ability to take over games and shine on the big stage. Sometimes a guard like Myles Powell can single handedly take over the tourney. CC: Steph Curry, Kemba Walker, Shabazz Napier. For a guy who didn’t play up to his ability all year, you had the feeling he was going to explode in the tournament. Damnit.
Was the Big 10 Legit?
The Big 10 was deemed the best conference in basketball by national prognosticators all year, and it certainly looked the part. The Big 10 had 6 teams in the final AP Poll and 11 teams in Kenpoms top 30. What a damn gauntlet. The bottom of the conference would cannibalize the middle of the pack, and the middle of the pack would cannibalize the top dogs. It was an ongoing occurrence all year. To put in perspective how competitive this conference was, 3 teams split the regular season title - Maryland, Michigan St. and Wisconsin. 10 teams were predicted to make the Tournament according to ESPNs Joe Lunardi. Poor Rutgers LOL.