I can’t really remember a Final Four as compelling as this one. Kentucky’s seeking to become maybe the best team ever (and the first since Indiana in 1976 to go undefeated). Duke’s Jahlil Okafor might finish the best freshman campaign since Carmelo Anthony in 2003. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky should win every National Award – can he win a title in his senior season, too? Meanwhile, if Michigan State’s Tom Izzo can win the title in a group as stacked as this one, he’ll have a legitimate claim as the best coach in college basketball.
Basically, greatness – for the teams, players, and coaches – is up for grabs in a way it hasn’t been in a long, long time. I mean, even the location is up for debate right now.
In a recent speech, Keith Olbermann laid out why the NCAA should move the Final Four from Indianapolis, citing the city’s new law which allows local business owners to deny homosexuals rights based on religious beliefs.
Next year, we might be watching a Final Four in New York, and there won’t be any undefeated teams there. The Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year probably won’t be there, and you won’t see a coaching foursome better than Bo Ryan, John Calipari, Tom Izzo, and Mike Krzyzewski.
So, embrace this weekend – we might never see anything like it for a long, long time.