Let the games begin. Thursday, March 18, 2010 is the day college basketball fans have been waiting for since last years tournament ended. The day finally came with no disappointment. Thursday was a day full of overtimes, and some big time upsets.
This year the committee did an excellent job selecting many first round games that promise to keep fans around the world on the edge of their seats all day and night for the remainder of the tournament.
2010 is Kentucky's year. Kentucky is clearly one of the most dominant teams in the nation, with a record of 32-2. For some reason, analysts along with sportswriters have been pleading that Kentucky will be the first 1 seed eliminated. After watching Kentucky the entire season, I do not see that possible in any way.
The one aspect of Kentucky which is seen as a weakness is their lack of experience. Sure their team is full of freshman, but some of the best freshman in the nation. Four of the their players, Wall, Bledsoe, Cousins and Patterson, can arguably be considered in the category of top 10 players in the nation.
With an experienced coach and an unbelievably talented and confident team, the fact that the players don't have much experience will not effect the Wildcats.
If Kentucky does not make the final four, I would be more surprised than Georgetown when they lost to Ohio Opening Round. The reason is simply because Kentucky has too much talent.
From John Wall to Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, and Patrick Patterson, the Wildcats have an army of diverse players who assume their role in the offense when called upon.
Everyone knows John Wall is one of the best in the nation, including Eric Bledsoe.
Bledsoe is the perfect compliment to John Wall. Since DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson are a handful in the paint, Bledsoe helps to spread out the court to get Wall open, and even knocking down the open three himself when in position.
If Kentucky's 100-71 win on thursday, and their conquering defeat of Wake Forest, didn't prove to you that they mean business, than I do not know what will. Granted they faced a pretty weak East Tennessee State, but Kentucky dominated the entire game, playing aggressive continuously, never holding back. Against East Tennessee State, John Wall recorded 17 points, 11 assists, and 4 rebounds, while Bledsoe put up an impressive 29 points along with 4 steals.
If Kentucky can continue to play with the same intensity they exhibited the past two games, there should be no doubt that the Wildcats will be crowned National Champions.