NCAA Basketball: 2011 Final Notes

Well the NCAA basketball season is over. The coaches and TV networks made millions of dollars and the students got a free education. All is well. Some final notes:

-Congratulations to UConn on winning a national championship! Of course they did it by beating, in order, seeds of 14, 6, 2, 5, 4, 8. That’s Bucknell, Cincinnati, San Diego State, Arizona, Kentucky, and Butler. The only run to a national championship weaker than that was UNLV in 1990 (16, 8, 12, 11, 4, 3). And let me remind you, they beat a Butler team in the national championship that scored 41 points. 41 points! Oh an UConn was only 9-9 in the Big East during the regular season. Does a team that goes 9-9 in its conference during the regular season deserve a chance to play for a national title?

-How long will it be before Calipari has this Final Four revoked?

-10 people were recently indicted as part of a conspiracy to fix games at the University of San Diego including the schools all-time leading scorer, Brandon Johnson. If you want to prevent this from happening, you have to start paying players. This guy probably saw everyone around him getting paid handily, while he struggled to make ends meet and he wanted his piece of the pie. Isn’t that capitalism? In conclusion, pay players because it is 1) fair: They earn, in some cases, millions of dollars for their school and coaches and see almost nothing financially in return, and 2) it will cut down on point fixing schemes: By paying players they have less incentive to earn money from illegal sources. Pay the players!

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