Over the next four days, I will preview the 32 teams that will play in my mythical NCAA tournament featuring their all-time rosters. On Monday, the tournament begins. Each team was seeded one through 32, so there are no regions and teams that are from the same conference that can play each other in the first round.
The number one seed is the North Carolina Tar Heels. This was the hardest roster to pick. Larry Brown, Tyler Hansbrough, and Rick Fox were some of the players that didn't make the cut. Here are the twelve that did:
G Phil Ford
G Michael Jordan
F James Worthy
F Sam Perkins
C Brad Daugherty
Second Unit—G Kenny Smith, G Walter Davis, F Vince Carter, F Antawn Jamison, C Bob McAdoo
Last Two—Billy Cunningham, Jerry Stackhouse
This was another tough roster to choose from. I'll put it this way—a Hall of Famer is on the second five and the all-time leading scorer barely made the team.
G Walt Hazzard
G Gail Goodrich
F Reggie Miller
F Jamaal Wilkes
C Lew Alcindor
Second Unit—G Darren Collison, G Tyus Edney, F Marques Johnson, F Kiki Vandeweghe, C Bill Walton
Last Two—Don MacLean, Baron Davis
The coaching cradle of the NCAA. Rupp, Naismith, Smith, Allen, and Brown all plied their trade as coaches or players at Rock Chalk Jayhawk. The gentleman above made the team and is now one of Bill Self's assistants following a lengthy NBA career.
G JoJo White
G Paul Pierce
F Danny Manning
F Raef LaFrentz
C Wilt Chamberlain
Second Unit—G Jacque Vaughn, G Kirk Hinrich, F Clyde Lovellette, F Nick Collison, F Drew Gooden
Last Two—Rex Walters, Norm Cook
For pure offensive explosion, you're going to be hard-pressed to beat the Bayou Bengals. Their backcourt alone might score 100 points against a team not in this tournament. They will probably go for 50 against most of these teams.
G Chris Jackson
G Pete Maravich
G/F Marcus Thornton
F Bob Pettit
C Shaquille O’Neal
Second Unit—G Ethan Martin, G Howard Carter, F Rudy Macklin, F Brandon Bass, C Glen Davis
Last Two—John Williams, Stanley Roberts
This time isn't short on talent, but may need a licensed therapist on the bench.
For those of you who are wondering who Bob Elliott is, let me give you some background. He was a three-time Academic All-America and he nearly led the Desert Cats to their first Final Four in 1976.
G Mike Bibby
G Gilbert Arenas
F Sean Elliott
F Chris Mills
C Bob Elliott
Second Unit—G Damon Stoudamire, G Jason Terry, F Richard Jefferson, F Andre Igoudala, C Brian Williams
Last Two—Sean Rooks, Steve Kerr
Two members of this team got screwed in 1974 when they lost in a triple-overtime thriller to NC State and missed the actual Big Dance as a result. Another one went on to Congress but was on the infamous 1972 US Olympic Team. Another served as a tragic reminder of the dangers of drugs.
G John Lucas
G Albert King
F Len Bias
F Buck Williams
C Len Elmore
Second Unit—G Steve Blake, G Steve Francis, F Walt Williams, F Joe Smith, C Tom McMillen
Last Two—G Juan Dixon, F Lonny Baxter
This team hasn't been a national presence since the gentleman in the picture was leading "Phi Slamma Jamma." Another member of the starting five challenged UCLA's authority in the late 1960s.
G Otis Birdsong
G Clyde Drexler
F Elvin Hayes
F Michael Young
C Hakeem Olajuwon
Second Unit—G Damon Jones, G Don Chaney, F Bo Outlaw, F Larry Micheaux, C Cadillac Anderson
Last Two—Rob Williams, Dwight Jones
Carnations, the Leprechaun, Golden Dome, Stir Up The Echoes, Rudy....these are all images you think of when you hear Notre Dame. Even though they never won a national title and haven't been in the Final Four since 1978, they have amassed an awesome display of talent over the years.
G Austin Carr
G John Paxson
F Kelly Tripucka
F Adrian Dantley
F/C Troy Murphy
Second Unit—G Matt Carroll, G David Rivers, F John Shumate, F Laphonso Ellis, F Pat Garrity
Last Two—G Kevin O’Shea, F Luke Harangody
Coach: Digger Phelps
Tomorrow: Seeds Nine Through Sixteen