Well the NCAA Tournament has left us with four teams who are highly skilled , well disciplined when it comes to coaching . And if anything their play has to be respected.
In Michigan State, U Conn , Villanova and North Carolina you’ve as diverse a quartet of teams that are looking to achieve the same goal. And that’s to win the NCCA Tournament and to be crowned the national champions of college basketball.
To my mind however if there was a surprise , it was in the Elite 8. And if anything it was the lackadaisical play of the Louisville Cardinals and their play against Michigan State. Coached by Rick Pitino this team had played a stellar brand of exciting basketball. And it was easy to see why they were given that number one seeding throughout the tournament. In almost every facet of the game it’d appear that this Louisville team could do no wrong. But it’s always easy to state without seeing the obvious. And that’s the fact that the team had hardly been challenged through much of the tournament. They’d laid waste to their opponent in the previous rounds . Much like Greeks laid siege to Troy , only in this case it was the Cardinals who came short in this particular battle. No Greeks came bearing gifts. Just a great deal of over confidence and the fact that they’d underestimated Tom Izzo and his team.
As the title of this piece alludes had Pitino spent more time coaching his team not merely on the fundamentals . But the fact that a game of college basketball has to be played for the entire 40 minutes and not just as and when his players see fit. Then perhaps the outcome might’ve been somewhat different. For a team whose previous game against Arizona ended in a 103-64 blowout of the Wildcats. It was easy to see and understand why Pitino’s team would be considered to be the presumptive favorites in the game. Coming off that win why wouldn’t they be ?