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That's generally the way coaching works: Win at a mid-major and get hired by somebody bigger. But I'm not sure Coach Hoffman -- and I mean no disrespect -- fits the profile of a hot young coach. He's 53. He might be more apt to be like Rick Byrd at Belmont and stay where he is.
As for being due to lose: I don't think it would have hurt Florida to lose to Tennessee or Kentucky over the weekend. Sometimes a loss in the conference tournament can refocus a team. It happened with Kentucky in 2012 and also in 1996.
I'm not sure Florida is the most talented team. I think Kansas is more talented. I think Kentucky is, too. But Florida has very good talent that has matured, which not many college teams do.
Whoops. St. Louis will play the winner of N.C. State-Xavier, which I think will be N.C. State. But nobody wants to play against T.J. Warren right now. That's what I meant before I got my play-in games mixed up.
Mercer easily could have made the tournament in 2012 and 2013. But that, as Georgia State knows, is the trouble with one-bid leagues.
A lot of folks at the SEC tournament actually thought the Vols were going to upset Florida, and they led by 10 late in the first half.
St. Louis got a bad draw if Tennessee beats Iowa. The Vols are a very talented team -- they beat Virginia by 35 on Dec. 30 -- and they're playing pretty well.
Duke actually hasn't played as well as I thought it might. This is a very talented Duke team.
I'd much rather have played No. 3 Creighton or No. 3 Syracuse than No. 3 Duke.
I know we've run stories about Mercer. I have to say I thought the Bears got a bad draw, though. Don't want to play Duke in the first game. Although VCU once beat the Devils in Round 1 and Lehigh did, too, and Belmont came very close.
I felt the same way. I ended up with two No. 1s, which is probably one too many, a No. 3 and a No. 4.
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Although I must say that the Kentucky I saw in the SEC tournament was pretty impressive. But I also note that the two teams Kentucky beat here -- LSU and Georgia -- wound up in the NIT.
Yes. I think Wichita State will beat Kentucky -- I'm not yet sold on this Wildcat revival -- but lose to Louisville. Although the Shockers came very close to beating a better Louisville team in the Georgia Dome last April.
I like UConn over St. Joseph's. No real reason.
I want to like Villanova, but I note that the Wildcats lost twice to Creighton by an aggregate 51 points. That scares me.
Virginia-Michigan State might be the roughest game of the tournament.
But I'm probably only saying that because I picked Iowa State over Michigan State.
I mean, the Spartans are good and they're healthy now, but still ... nobody picked Florida? Or Kansas? Or Louisville?
I must say I was amused last night when all five ESPN analysts picked Michigan State -- a No. 4 seed -- to win it all. So much for variety of opinion.
Having a possible Kentucky-Wichita State and Kansas-New Mexico doubleheader in St. Louis sounds pretty strong to me.
Everybody likes San Antonio with the Riverwalk. That was always a good one. The NCAA loves Indy, which has come a long way with its downtown upgrades. But with the NCAA moving toward football stadiums, the Final Four -- strictly from a coverage perspective -- is getting less enjoyable.
A team I didn't like then and don't like now is Syracuse.
A couple of weeks ago -- obviously without seeing the bracket -- I thought my Final Four might be Florida, Kansas, Duke and Iowa State. I wound up picking two. Couldn't pick both Florida and Kansas because they're in the same regional, and I've been more impressed with Louisville than Duke of late.