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7 reasons not to pick Louisville in Final Four
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 6, 2013 @ 11:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to our Final Four session of Bracket Briefing, our attempt to provide you with essential information on the Big Dance — highlighting the Florida Gulf Coasts and Wichita States of the college basketball world.
Soundtrack: Before you read any more, take a listen to this morning’s jam of the day.
The first word: Finally, it’s the weekend. It’s not just any weekend, though…it’s Final Four weekend. Tonight, Louisville, Wichita State, Syracuse and Michigan will take the court in Atlanta to set up Monday night’s championship game.
Finally, we can start talking about the actual games for a change after a week of overshadowing news. Rutgers and their ball-chucking, now-fired coach Mike Rice along with just-resigned AD Tim Pernetti have dominated the news waves that belonged to the teams in Atlanta. Factored in with the heartwarming back story behind Louisville guard Kevin Ware’s injury, it’s hard to remember why we gravitate to college basketball in the first place. Tourney madness has the power to trump all scandals, even if it isn’t March. Alas, the Dance continues today and 6:09 p.m. ET cannot come soon enough.
Going against the odds: If you picked Louisville to cut down the nets on Monday night, please, don’t consider yourself a genius. It was the obvious choice for a number of reasons back on March 17. The Cardinals had just won the Big East tournament, were boasting a momentous winning streak and their defense was unquestionably the best in the country — only supporting the defense wins championships adage. Now, with Final Four games on the horizon, Rick Pitino and his players are even better positioned to have their one shining moment. Of all the shockers that happened in this NCAA tournament — Florida Gulf Coast’s Sweet 16 run, Harvard’s first-round upset, Wichita State ousting Gonzaga — Louisville not winning would be just as surprising.
But there’s a reason plenty of sports fans don’t want the New York Yankees to win every year. It’s boring. That’s why the Big Dance has an unmatched aura. Only in the NCAA tournament can an Atlantic Sun coach become the front-runner … [For more on Bracket Briefing: 7 reasons not to pick Louisville in Final Four, click here.]
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