Cats Growl, Jayhawks Grumble, Low Seeds Sprout: Down to 4

If you add up the seeding numbers of this year’s Final Four — as legit a way as any to determine if this is the least expected quartet ever — the tally is (3+4+8+11) 26.

In 2000, it was 22. In 1980 it was 21. In 2006, the number was 20.

Which determines that, in this cockamamie year of college hoops, wackiness prevails as it never has before.

Ever been a Final Four without any #1 or #2 seeds? Well, uh, no. It’s a furschlungener (Mad Magazine word) ending for sure to a season unlike any other.

UK is the favorite, I guess. UConn will probably have the second shortest odds, followed by Butler.

I know this, I wouldn’t be betting against VCU. Remember the year, the semi between Houston and U of L was to determine the champ? Cue the Valvano running around the court video.

As much fun as this tournament has been — and it’s been as good as any I can recall — more weirdness might might be forthcoming.

Cue Sly & Family Stone.

Boom Shaka Laka.

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My regular readers know my loyalty. I live and die with UK’s hated in-state rival.

At this juncture, I have nothing but respect and praise and good wishes for this focused band of Kentucky Wildcats.

Props to John Calipari, who has done an exemplary job of molding this short-handed gang into favorites for the national title, heading into the last weekend. of the season. Think what some of us might of his ethics and methods, the guy is a damn good basketball coach. Period.

Those SEC road losses aren’t of much concern now, are they? But these kids sure did learn from them, didn’t they?

Correct answers: No, they aren’t. Yes, they did.

When pre-season All-Everything Harrison Barnes sought to take over the game in the final minutes, the Cats combination of youth and experience wouldn’t let him. Former doghouse resident DeAndre Liggins made a couple of monster plays to secure the W.

He was just one piece of this extraordinary puzzle.

Who’d you like to have playing pivot for your team these days? Jared Sullinger? DeMarcus Cousins? Whatever Zeller?

Didn’t think so.

Who’d you like to have with the ball in his hands at crunch time? Jimmer Fraudette?

Didn’t think so.

So a tip of my Cardinal red & black hat to Messrs. Knight, Jones, Miller, Lamb, Liggins and Harrellson. And to their coach John Calipari.

Good work, dudes.

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Virginia Commonwealth.

What is there to say? They jumped on Kansas early, pulled away, kept them measured, withstood a furious rally and left them crying in towels on the bench as the Rock Chalk Jayhawk Nation exited the building.

If they have a sense of humor at all, they’ll invite Jay Bilas to speak at their basketball banquet.

And, who among us is willing to say the Rams have NO chance of winnning it all?

Not me.

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VCU vs. Butler.

Kentucky vs. UConn.

Saturday can’t get here soon enough for this hoopaholic.

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. Big Smooth
    Posted March 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Men’s B-ball Champs
    NAIA……. Pikeville
    NCAAD2……..Bellarmine
    Karma says UK for the clean sweep for the Commonwealth

  2. cbcard
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if Cal is going to decide he is a better coach when he has upper classmen playing.

  3. Camp Taylor
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the kind words, Seedy.

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