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NCAA followup thoughts ...
April 6, 2010 - Neil Rudel
Some thoughts from one of the best NCAA championship games:
*The NCAA Basketball Tournament and Final Four continues to be one of the few sporting events that not only matches expectations but exceeds them. And that happened this year because of Butler. When the underdog plays better than it was seeded -- and goes all the way to the final -- it underscores the greatness of the tourney.
*It was interesting that until Monday night, no team in the tourney scored 60 points against Butler's terrific defense. Duke scored 61.
*Think 33-year-old Brad Stevens, if so desires, will have his pick of higher-profile jobs? The guy -- kid, really -- is so calm and his team executed to perfection.
*The game starts too late. Plain and simple. Tipping at 9:21 is ridiculous on a school night. As great as the game was, I zzzeed for a minute, then caught myself at the two-minute mark. My son Adam conked for the last five minutes until I jolted him with 13 seconds left and Butler with the ball, down one. I missed "One Shining Moment" for the first time.
*I enjoy Mike and Mike in the morning, but Greeney's assertion that Duke could beat the New Jersey Nets is one of the stupidest comments ever made by a national media member.
*The debate on where Coach K ranks in history is interesting and while John Wooden will always be at the top, it says here Wooden would not have won 10 titles in today's game.
*Not debating the Final Four MVP choice, but Duke's Kyle Singler, while wide open from the foul line, did shoot an air ball while up 60-59.
*If the NCAA follows the money and expands to 96 as soon as next year -- and it seems to be a foregone conclusion -- I'm betting fewer people will take the time to fill out a bracket.