The numbers are against #1 overall seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament…Only time will tell if they can defeat the odds
The most wacky and unpredictable time of the college basketball season is here. It’s every Division I basketball player’s dream and it’s every coach’s and fan’s most stressful 3 weeks of their lives. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has finally arrived.
After the announcement of what team will be seeded in the East, West, Midwest and South Region during Selection Sunday, the moment of truth begins tomorrow night as the official start of the NCAA Tournament begins when the first four teams play against one another to determined who will go on into the second round. As expected, the SEC champs Kentucky Wildcats are the overall number one seed heading into the field of 68 with an undefeated record of 34-0. But as many experts and fans choose them as the overall favorite to win it all, statistics has the Wildcats failing short to reach the promise land of winning a national championship.
Since the tournament spanned to 64 teams in 1985, there have been only four overall number one seeds out hooping opponents to become national champs. In fact, statisticians have researched to find out that the top ranked team have a 13% chance of winning the entire tournament. In other words, if you were ranked outside of the top ten, chances are you have a better opportunity to getting to the big dance and win it all compared to the top dogs such as Kentucky and Duke. With information like this, those avid college fans better be careful with every single choice they make on their quest to accomplish the mythical “perfect bracket”. As random as the process of this 3 week extravaganza, each possession, substitution, wrong calls being made by the referees and timeouts can be a crucial moment towards what squad will advance to the next round. A buzzer beater can launch a cinderella program to national attention or the wrong decision being made in crunch time can haunt you forever, just ask former University of Michigan Wolverines forward Chris Webber, who was apart of the legendary “Fab Five” crew.
But as the numbers are against Kentucky, history is on their side. Out of the four teams who won it all as the #1 overall seed in the previous years, one of them were the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats, led by angry bird himself NBA superstar Anthony Davis and fellow NBA ballers like Atlanta Hawks point guard Marquis Teague, and Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
So if you college fans have Kentucky bringing the hardwood trophy back to Lexington, history has it that you making a wise choice. Bringing heavy momentum such as an overall undefeated season, winning a SEC regular season and tournament title, Kentucky has the star power to make history and to join the 1956 San Francisco Dons, 1957 North Carolina Tar Heels, 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, 1964, 1967, 1972 & 1973 UCLA Bruins as the only teams to become undefeated national champions. With the famous blue and white platoon substitution system in play, John Calipari‘s Wildcats will be opponent’s coaching staff nightmares as they find ways to stop this powerhouse. Led by the Harrison twins (Andrew & Aaron), Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl Towns, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker, Kentucky has the athleticism, length and experience under their belt in which college experts believed that this is the team destined to rewrite history. With outstanding talent like this on their roster and who are NBA ready, it’s an obligation that the young Wildcats win it all or they could go down in history as one of the biggest disappointments in NCAA college basketball history.
Everything will play out come tomorrow when the tournament officially begins. If you need any outlets to check out live action, tune into TNT, CBS, TruTV and TBS. Hope you brought your most comfortable Jordan’s or Nike Roshe sneakers because it’s time to boogie. Good luck and may the strongest team and bracket survive.
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