NCAA Tournament: Who the Heck Are These Guys?

Brad FalconeContributor IMarch 20, 2009

MADISON, WI - JANUARY 09:  Greg Oden #20 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass the ball out of the post against Jason Chappell #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers during their Big Ten Conference game on January 9, 2007 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin won 72-69. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

As millions of people were filling out their sheets this week for the NCAA tournament, I have wondered if any of them feel the same way as me about college basketball?

What the heck are we watching?

For a sport that used to be dominated with great teams and stars, today we have little—if any. Sure, North Carolina is great, but the Tar Heels are great because their players decided to stay. They are not great because they recruit better than others.

Ohio State recruits better than anybody, but the Buckeyes can't keep their players. Imagine an Ohio State team with Greg Oden, Mike Conley, and Daquan Cook. Add Kosta Kufos and Evan Turner. Ohio State would be dominant. The NCAA would win, CBS would win, and the fans who love greatness would win.

As people watch March Madness and start getting to know star players, they are gone just that fast. The ratings have shown that Americans love stars and great teams. There's a reason the Yankees, Red Sox, Cowboys, Steelers, USC football, the Lakers, and so on, do better. We know the story and we know the players.

Maybe it's just me, but nobody can have the mental capacity to remember five new starters' names for every college basketball team in America every year.

That's why college football is so great. The players have to stay around for three years. We watch the players progress and there is cohesion by teams.

College basketball says, "Give me the best talent for a year and then we'll bring some new guys in here." It hurts the game it hurts the fans.

I have no idea who is going to win this tournament. On top of that I really don't care. Call me in September when college football starts.