2022 NCAA National Championship Backetology

  • Yes… Backetology!

    Time to look back. Pose some “what ifs.”

    Post anything you want about that tournament… and then… I’m asking you to go deep in your consciousness: tell us what team you think was the biggest threat to us in this tournament. Would we squeek by them, or lose?

    Bad matchups? Surely we need to go back and discuss Kentucky… how about Duke?

    In case you forgot, I’m posting the bracket… I mean… backet!


  • @drgnslayr I really wanted to play Iowa. I was very confident.

  • @Crimsonorblue22 said in 2022 NCAA National Championship Backetology:

    @drgnslayr I really wanted to play Iowa. I was very confident.

    I would have loved to see Bill Self outcoach Franny.

  • I admit to not feeling comfortable playing Duke. I saw Williams starting to come on big and we didn’t have an answer for him.

  • @drgnslayr I also didn’t want to see Iowa because they were one of the few teams that could keep up with KU on offense amd of they made a few shots, then…

  • @Texas-Hawk-10

    For sure… Iowa was on my list to avoid, too.

  • I had some concerns about Auburn because they would have had the best player on the floor in Jabari Smith. They didn’t always know how to use him, but he could have been a serious problem in a one game matchup, particularly because we didn’t have a great option for defending him - probably use a combo of Agbaji, Braun and Wilson, but he could get any of those three in foul trouble, which could have hurt us.

    Duke obviously was a fear, because Coach K would have gotten every call in the national title game, plus Williams and Banchero would have been matchup problems for us (particularly Banchero). A healthy Villanova team could have been a problem as well. That’s a matchup that happened but didn’t really ever happen. Probably Kentucky was the only other fear because we didn’t have a good way to matchup with them.

    Our biggest issue was that we didn’t matchup against highly talented PF because Wilson is really undersized to go against a traditional 4 like Tshiebwe, but with Smith and Banchero also having good size to go along with their mobility, that really put us in a bind. Iowa could have given us problems for that reason as well. And Villanova just gives us problems because Jay Wright finds a way, but they didn’t have enough weapons available for that game.

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