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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?

-- Ryan

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.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2010 3:12 pm

Dear Gary (on one-loss teams and 'parity')

I don't think people are claiming that there isn't a UNC this year based solely on records.  They're saying it because there is no UNC this year.  UNC had four pros playing for them, upperclassmen, who had been to the final four the previous year.  No team has that combination of pro talent, depth, and tournament experience that UNC had last year.  Kansas has three pro prospects, maybe more, but only two of them were dancing last year and they were bounced in the Sweet 16.  Kentucky is full of freshman, and Patterson spent his postseason in the NIT.  And while a Villanova, Kentucky, UNC and Syracuse are having terrific years and all have only one loss, none of them give me that sinking feeling of certainty in the pit of my stomach that they're going to be national champs at years end.  UNC did. 

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2010 1:22 pm

Dear Gary (on one-loss teams and 'parity')

I guess there are not as many dominant teams in college basketball.

Last season, we had North Carolina, Michigan State, UCONN, Louisville, Pitt, Villanova, Memphis, etc. None of those are as good this season.

Those teams knocked people on their butts. They went into opposing stadiums and beat the crap out of whoever was there. Not as much this year.

Villanova is still very good but I think that they miss Dante Cunningham and the other big guy from last season. Michigan State is still very good but they were better with Goran Suton. The rest are way, way, way down this season.

Any of the 2008-2009 rosters of the teams on line 2 would be the overwhelming favorite to win it all this season over the teams that we have at the top this year.

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