This 2012 college basketball season consists of two elite teams, Syracuse & Kentucky and then everyone else. The other 23 teams that make up the rest of the top twenty-five have serious flaws and very little distinguishes any of those mediocre indistinguishable twenty-three. Although upset are what makes college basketball both memorable and exciting the performances of traditional powerhouses this season have been downright absurd. Tradition rich programs such as Kansas, Duke and UNC have caught the bug of mediocrity despite their rosters being filled with McDonald’s and Jordan All Americans.
Unable to change the channel any longer I found myself watching college basketball and it soon dawned on me that outside of Syracuse and Kentucky the remaining field of teams is absolutely mediocre and downright sub par in some instances. There was a time when all of the major conferences had teams that could cut down the nets in April. No longer is there a dominant team out west, once proud programs like UCLA and Arizona with Championship and Final Four banners decorating the rafters have failed to sustain basketball excellence,suffering embarrassing losses on their home floor at the hands a Loyola Maramount and Middle Tennessee State.
The remaining power conferences have not been immune from this bug of mediocrity either. In the Big East, UConn and Pittsburgh have failed to produce despite the four and five-star recruits that sit on the bench. A conference that was known as a basketball power has been absolutely putrid to stomach, outside of Syracuse, Marquette, and Notre Dame it appears that effort is not being taught to the other teams in the Big East, a conference that was once praised for it tradition and excellence.
In the SEC it does not seem to be a point to even have a SEC tournament, the Kentucky Wildcats stranglehold on the conference continues for yet another year. The Wildcats remain undefeated in SEC play and it is likely that they will finish the season will that unblemished record intact. It is projected that the SEC will only produce four tournament teams this year (Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, and Mississippi State.
Although the Big 12 and ACC has been more competitive than years past each of conference seems to not have an elite team that will challenge for the National Championship. Before anyone shouts, UNC I will happily remind you of the butt whopping they received at the hands of FSU And before any Cameron Crazies goes crazy I will refresh your memory by mentioning their loss to Miami. Oh, and the Big Ten does not warrant being mentioned: Ohio State has Jared Sullinger and his bad back; Michigan, has no bench, and Michigan State, not enough talent.
March is steadily approaching and it is certainly gonna be one to remember, there will be more than one glass slipper this year, ladies and gentlemen Butler was only the beginning. Teams such as Murray State and Temple will have their dancing shoes ready amped to make a statement and secure their place in NCAA March Madness Infamy. – A.Denmark (@Eatdrnkslpsprtz)