March Madness: May never be the same again

March Madness: May never be the same again

The Fab Five may have been the best team to not win a National Championship

When March hits the calendar, there are two things that I think about: spring is on its way and March Madness college basketball tournament. Some of the attractive thing about the tournament is teams on the bubble trying to get in and the upsets that happen every year. It’s some of the most exciting times in sports. The one thing that I liked was teams that stayed together for years. We got a chance to follow their journey of becoming legendary teams. Now that is not the case. With the great players only staying for one year to enter the NBA, the college game has less appeal.

If you’re not a fan of a particular team and there a great player on that team, by time you get to really liking the player he’s gone. Growing up, I remember legendary teams like UNLV Running Rebels, 91-92 Back to Back Champs Duke, and Michigan’s Fab Five. On that UNLV team you had Larry Johnson, Stacy Augmon, and Greg Anthony. With Duke there was Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley and Christian Laettner. Michigan had Chris Weber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, and Jimmy King. As a fan of college basketball, I was able to connect with these players whether I liked them or not. Having that type of familiarity connected to the game is what makes sports popular. Now days, you can look at a team like Duke and enjoy the game of Austin Rivers and after this season, he may be gone to the NBA just like Kyrie Irving did last year.

I will never blame the student for leaving after their first year so they can improve the game of college basketball. It would be foolish to stay to better the game while they can get paid for playing at the highest level. The problem is if the system is working or not. When Kevin Garnett left from high school to the NBA in the mid 90’s, it set the stage for others to follow his path. Even though Garnett wasn’t the first one to leave from high school, he was the one that started to trend which included, Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O’Neal, LeBron James, and others. The problem with that was for every superstar that skipped college, there were guys that could’ve used college like Kwame Brown and Eddy Curry. After this became a trend, the NBA instituted a system for players to wait a year before entering the league.

With all of this, it hurts the game of college basketball because players are just using the college game as one year prep for the NBA. Everyone is not doing what Brandon Jennings did and go overseas to play and get paid first then jump to the NBA. With this topic, there probably will not be a perfect solution. If March Madness suffers in ratings throughout the years to come, there will be another rule in place to better the game. Guess we will have to wait and see.

One Response to March Madness: May never be the same again

  1. Randy says:

    This should be a great shot for roy williams to get another ring with great front court and I think after the final four all the talk will be about harrison barnes this tournament can reall raise his stock for the draft

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