I know everyone, including yours truly, is excited about Kentucky as the No. 1 team heading into next season. The Wildcats are flat-out loaded and I kidded John Calipari that his second team would be good enough to be ranked in the top 20. Kentucky has so much depth and the talent will be so much better on the perimeter.
One thing about college basketball is simple; this is not a best-of-seven playoff series like the NBA. It is one-and-done, so if you have a bad night, anything can happen. If an opponent has momentum on its side and is knocking down the trifecta, watch out. You could have a team with star players in foul trouble and the game changes; just ask Michigan about Trey Burke getting two fouls in the first half of the national title game. Spike Albrecht kept the Wolverines in the game, but Louisville cut down the nets.
You will see Kentucky and Louisville right up there next season, and the last two national champions will make the Bluegrass State proud once again. They could go for a trifecta.
Before we jump the gun on that, think about this name: SPARTY, SPARTY, SPARTY!
Magic Johnson will be jumping with joy. Coach Tom Izzo may have his best team ever, and that is saying a lot because he has coached so many Final Four clubs, including the 2000 national champions with Mateen Cleaves showing so much toughness.
This Michigan State team has a world of potential. Gary Harris and Adreian Payne were potential first-rounders in this upcoming draft, but they opted to return to East Lansing. They want the opportunity to cut down the nets in Cowboys Stadium in 2014. They are dedicated to wearing the green and white, and this team has a chance to be very special.
Izzo also welcomes back Keith Appling and Branden Dawson to this star-studded lineup, and there is great continuity in the returning talent. I also saw good things from Denzel Valentine as a diaper dandy; he should be a bigger factor as a soph.
I love thinking ahead to Nov. 12 at the United Center in Chicago. What a showdown between Big Blue Nation and Sparty as Kentucky and Michigan State will be among the elites. What an amazing doubleheader as you also have Kansas against Duke on the card. The Windy City will be rocking and rolling, baby!
Keep an eye on Michigan State. This will be a special season for Tom Izzo & Co.