I've been put together a mock NCAA tournament of 32 teams. These teams will have their all-time best players on the floor. Today's article concludes the introduction with the last seven teams to get in the field.
As I got towards the bottom, I kept switching programs whose rosters I felt didn't belong in this elite field. Some of the teams, who would head up the mythical NIT tournament of all-time rosters, include Boston College, Tennessee, Brigham Young, and Arizona State.
Al McGuire took a bunch of playground bandits from different big cities to the 1977 NCAA title. In 2003, Dwyane Wade put up a triple-double to derail the dreams of the Kentucky squad that thought its ticket to the Final Four was punched.
This seed's starters are as follows: G Doc Rivers, G Dwyane Wade, F Earl Tatum, F Maurice Lucas, C Jim Chones.
It's second unit is as follows: G Butch Lee, G Travis Diener, G George Thompson, F Bo Ellis, C Jerome Whitehead.
The last two players are Dean Meminger and Chris Crawford, and the coach is Al McGuire
Last night, Cinderella's clock struck midnight during Villanova's game against North Carolina—though the original fairy godfather was in the house at Ford Field. No college hoops fan needs any more reminders, if 1985 is mentioned, of what this school did that year.
This seed's starters are G Rory Sparrow, G Kerry Kittles, F Howard Porter, F Paul Arizin, and C Ed Pinckney.
It's second unit includes G Alvin Williams, G Chris Ford, F Doug West, F Harold Pressley, and C Tim Thomas; the last two players are Wali Jones and John Pinone, and the coach is Rollie Massimino.
While the fans are mourning the loss of their coach, they should take comfort in knowing that they've had a rich history of top players through the years. Don't be surprised if they make a return to the top of the national scene sooner than people think.
This seed's starters are G Penny Hardaway, G Larry Finch, F Larry Kenon, F Lorenzen Wright, and C Keith Lee.
It's second unit is G Elliot Perry, G Derrick Rose, F Chris Douglas-Roberts , F Ronnie Robinson, and C William Bedford; the last two are David Vaughn and Andre Turner, and the coach is John Calipari.
Teams lined up this year to get their licks on the Hoosiers, who are trying to overcome the mess left behind by Kelvin Sampson. Their tradition, which includes three NCAA trophies, should return in the next few years.
The starters are G Isaiah Thomas, G Steve Alford, F Jared Jeffries, F Scott May, and C Kent Benson.
The second unit includes G A.J. Guyton, G Calbert Cheaney, F Brian Evans, F Steve Downing, and C Don Schlundt.
The last two players are Mike Woodson, Alan Henderson, and the coach is Bob Knight.
Their starting point guard can get a triple-double any night in the NBA. Their starting small forward is currently one of the league's top scorers. They are also the first squad with a father and son on the same team.
The starters are G Alvin Robertson, G Sidney Moncrief, G/F Joe Johnson, F Corliss Williamson, and C Joe Kleine.
The players on the second unit are G Darrell Walker, G Ron Brewer, G/F Todd Day, F Oliver Miller, and C Andrew Lang; and the last two players are Ronnie Brewer and Lee Mayberry. The coach is Nolan Richardson.
Rick Majerus used to wonder what he could do with a team that had more natural talent. Hey, Rick, this team actually had pretty good players over the years.
It's starters are G Andre Miller, G Mike Newlin, F Keith Van Horn, F Tom Chambers, and C Andrew Bogut.
The second unit consists of G Kelvin Upshaw, G Arnie Ferrin, F Jerry Chambers, F Josh Grant, and C Michael Doleac.
The last two are Luke Nevill and Ticky Burden, the coach is Rick Majerus.
Fans and reporters questioned the wisdom of this program when they retired Kevin Durant's number after only one season. First, it was quite a season. Second, you guys have seen him play, right?
The starters are G T.J. Ford, G Slater Martin, F Kevin Durant, F Lasalle Thompson, and C LaMarcus Aldridge.
The second unit consists of G Travis Mays, G Daniel Gibson, G D.J. Augustin, F Maurice Evans, and C Chris Mihm.
The last two are P.J. Tucker and Ron Baxter; the coach is Rick Barnes.
The last team in the field just got their first Player of the Year. However, he's coming off the bench for this edition of Boomer Sooner.
This seed's starters are G Mookie Blaylock, G Anthony Bowie, F Harvey Grant, F Wayman Tisdale, and C Alvan Adams.
The second unit consists of G Brent Price, G Tim McAlister, F Gar Heard, F Blake Griffin, and C Clifford Ray.
The last two are G Choo Kennedy and F Stacey King; the coach is Billy Tubbs.
Tomorrow, let the games begin!