It’s not really “going out on a limb” to declare that you think that the top-rated Gonzaga Bulldogs are going to cut down the nets at the end of the Big Dance. It’s the furthest opinion from a hot take. You are not going to “break the internet”. Stephen A, Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe, and Nick Wright aren’t going to spend hours on television building arguments around this claim.
When it comes to this time of year we often overthink it. There are so many different metrics to use. BPI, KenPom, the RPI (at one point, RIP), NET, SOS, etc. But the team playing the best basketball at the end of the year often times makes a deep run. And at that point it’s a coin flip. As the saying goes, “Anyone can win one game.”
Despite not playing in the best conference in the world, the Bulldogs climbed their way to the top of the NCAA this year. They haven’t lost since December 15th. A lot of their roster has tournament experience, led by Rui Hachimura’s 20 ppg. And they have Mark Few who’s one of the brightest coaches in America. They’re legit.
On this week’s Good ‘N Plenty CBS/Turner Sports College Basketball Analyst Clark Kellogg joins Jeff to discuss the tournament field. Which team is Gonzaga’s biggest threat? Is Duke worthy of a one seed? Moreover do they need Zion Williamson and a ACC Tournament win to get that seeding? And finally What does the committee do about LSU?
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4:47 Rehashing Clark Kellogg’s career
14:52 Do we put too much stock into “bubble teams”?
27:07 Men’s NCAA Basketball favorite as of now
33:00 Duke should still be a 1-seed if they win the ACC Tournament
39:17 Best Charles Barkley story