Congratulations to the Kentucky Wildcats, who were clearly the best team throughout the NCAA Tournament. It’d be easy to dismiss their achievement as what one should expect from a team with six players slotted to go in the first 36 picks of the 2012 NBA Draft, a team led by a coach in John Calipari that everyone agrees is slimier than a Nickelodeon awards show.
However, this is high-level college basketball. All the coaches are sleazy, and each of the last five teams the Wildcats faced (Iowa St., Indiana, Baylor, Louisville and Kansas) have players slotted to go in the first round of the NBA Draft in either 2012 or 2013.
Usually when you imagine a stacked team you picture a squad like the early-90s Running Rebels, who could run you out of the gym and score 90 points without exerting much effort. Kentucky was all about defense. They didn’t simply slow down the pace, they intimidated opposing teams. Against the Wildcats, the only place you could shoot without fear of rejection was the free throw line — and if there was a way to block a free throw Anthony Davis would probably figure it out.
You couldn’t just pick Kentucky and expect to win the BASG March Madness Contest, since almost half the contestants chose Calipari’s crew. Here are the three winners of the contest, and what they won:
1. Stephenson’s Rockets (164 points): $50 Amazon Gift Card
2. Stuart Loves Long Beach State (153 points): $25 iTunes Gift Card
3. Spoon Boom (148 points): Blu-Ray/DVD of Moneyball
I’ll be contacting the winners to facilitate delivery of said prizes. Thanks to all for participating, and see you next March!