The Year of the Wildcats: The Best College Basketball Teams of 2012
Most programs are usually devastated when they lose so many good underclassmen — but not Kentucky and Calipari. He just hangs out at high schools all across the nation picking out their best players to reload for the next year. Most of these snotty-nosed high school All-Americans have come to realize that a college education is so John Wooden, Bobby Knight and Mike Krzyzewski. The road to the NBA now goes through Kentucky for a one and done season.
Kentucky went undefeated in the Southeastern Conference and ousted Kansas in the finals 67-59 in a tournament that featured its usual great games and Cinderellas.This year the University of Ohio was wearing the slipper as a 13th seed. The Bobcats opened the tournament by upsetting overrated and fourth seeded Michigan and number 12 South Florida before its run was ended in the Sweet 16 byregional number one, and tournament darling North California. The Sweet 16 featured four teams from the state of Ohio – Ohio, Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati. This from a state where the only good-looking girls you find are usually visitors.Here are the Top 5 College Basketball Teams of 2012.
5 Syracuse (34-3)
4 Ohio State (31-8)
3 Baylor (30-8)
2 Kansas (32-6)
1 Kentucky (37-2)
North Carolina (32-6)
Why aren’t the Tar Heels in the Top 5? Well, when you’re North Carolina, expectations are always high. Ok, the won the ACC regular season title with a 14-2 record and got to the conference tournament championship game and lost to Florida State.But this is North Carolina we’re talking about here ladies and gentlemen. Losing to Kansas in the Elite 8 80-67 just won’t due. It’s always championship or bust in Chapel Hill!
The Mid-American Conference tournament champions did something in the tournament that’s usually reserved for the other school in Ohio – they took out Michigan in the first round and South Florida before losing to North Carolina in the Sweet 16. No large feat mind you, but for one of the “Little Sisters of the Poor” this was pretty cool. Fourth year coach John Groce performed wonders with this team. It was the first time since 1964 that the Bobcats had gone this far.
Murray State (31-2)
There were such high hopes for the Racers going into the tournament when they had the best regular season record in the country, ran away with the Ohio Valley Conference, and was ranked in the top 10 at one point. Cinderella written all over it, right? They got a sixth seed and was taken out by a pretty good Marquette team in the second round. Just one question remains. Were they high and watching “Speed Racer” when they came up with the name Racers?