Dear Gary (on one-loss teams and 'parity')
Posted on: January 29, 2010 12:57 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2010 12:59 pm
Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Why is everyone saying there are no dominant teams this year (like UNC last year or the Florida teams a couple years ago)? KU, Villanova, Syracuse and Kentucky have ONE loss! That means there is parity in the NCAA this year? Correct me if I'm wrong, but UNC and Florida also lost a few games, didn't they? So one loss from the teams this year means they aren't dominant? If any of the one loss teams finishes without another loss they will be the most dominant team since 1976! Why is everyone now on the "parity" party this year?
Great question, Ryan, and I guess this is just what people do. They react to every loss, act like it's the end of the world, so on and so forth. For example, the other night after Kentucky lost at South Carolina there was a thread on the UK message board that posed the question (and I'm paraphrasing): Are we sure John Calipari is the man to take us where we want to go? Understand, Calipari inherited an NIT team, secured one of the best recruiting classes in history, took the Wildcats to the No. 1 ranking, and didn't take his first loss at the school until late January. Still, at least one fan is now skeptical. It's hilarious.
Anyway, in the spirit of perspective, you should know that last year at this time North Carolina had two losses, Michigan State had three, Connecticut had one, and Villanova had four, and those are the four schools that made the Final Four. Yes, the Kansas team that won the 2008 title was 20-0 at this point (though the Jayhawks lost their 21st game at Kansas State). But both Florida teams that won titles had two losses at this point, and the North Carolina team that won the 2005 NCAA tournament had two losses at this point, too.
In other words, people are crazy.
If your team has one loss right now, your team is having a great season.
You'd be wise to enjoy it.