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Sweet 16: Where Conferences Show Their Worth

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 27:  Reginald Delk #12 of the Louisville Cardinals looks to pass the ball against  Chase Budinger #34 of the Arizona Wildcats during the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Lucas Oil Stadium on March 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NC NighthawkAnalyst IMarch 28, 2009

Most of this year’s Sweet 16 games were one-sided, dominating events with no drama.  Will North Carolina win out, will a Big East team emerge, or will Missouri pull through?

In the opening weekend of games, Wake Forest and the ACC Conference were the biggest disappointments.  In the Sweet 16, Memphis assumed that position.

The Big East has four teams still alive vying for a spot in the Final Four of the tournament. Missouri and Oklahoma are also emerging as potential Final Four teams.

North Carolina and Louisville have been impressive as well.  Pittsburgh wins ugly, but they do win, which is all that matters.

Expansion has clearly hurt ACC hoops. The conference has only two great head coaches and teams and the other 10 teams are dwarfs.  Wake Forest and Clemson were most embarrassing.

Don’t be surprised if Louisville emerges as the champion. They are the team that won the Big East title, which has proven to be the best and toughest conference in men’s college basketball. 

The Big East is the best because they have the best coaches and best referees.  Referees? What do referees have to do with it?

In contrast to the ACC officials who call almost anything a foul, Big East referees let a lot of things go. They let teams play, and, as a result, the more physical competition produces tougher and tournament-ready teams.

Also, give kudos to the Big 12; their representatives have played well. Even the Big Ten showed some potential, but the SEC is pitiful.

The worst men's college hoops coaching resides in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee had the raw talent, but they play out of control and lose to teams they should beat. They are starting over in Kentucky.



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