That was the only year the Final Four went chalk, and those four teams were clearly the best four teams in the country all year. They simply had more pros than everyone else.
It's only two weeks in, but watching Tuesday's Champions Classic brought back memories of the 2008 Final Four. Those four teams in Chicago are too talented to fail. With Duke, Kansas and Kentucky, they're so young that we're not even close to seeing their best ball, and Tuesday was pretty darn good.
Add in Louisville and possibly Arizona and you have six teams with elite talent that could separate themselves this year much like the 2008 teams did.
Sorry, mid-majors. It's the year of the blue bloods.
Teams to Watch: BYU, Arizona State, Indiana, Harvard, UCLA, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota
Dropped Out of Power Rankings: Marquette, Tennessee, Virginia
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