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Home - The Changing Face of the NCAA Tournament

  The Changing Face of the NCAA Tournament

ncaa basketballAs with every year there is a surprising new crop of teams that have risen to the top of the sport and others have fallen.

The most shocking team has to be the 2009 NCAA Champion North Carolina Tarheels. Being the champions, they did have a large turnover on their roster, losing most of their best players to the NBA. However, they replaced them with some of the most talented freshman in the country. They managed an 11-3 start giving their fan base hope, but have since been floundering in their conference schedule and have fallen to 14-12.

Another team whose tourney streak is almost certainly coming to an end is the Arizona Wildcats. They lost their coach Lute Olson to retirement as with their two best players. Arizona’s fall shows just how quick a coaching change can affect a program.

Arizona’s entire conference, the Pac-10, which traditionally produced several bids is likely to produce only one this year. While some conferences suffer, others will benefit.

On the other side of things the Atlantic-10 conference, which at least in recent memory has not been a multi-bid league, may produce up to six bids this year. Longtime powerhouse Kentucky, who missed the tourney for the first time in decades last year, is going make a triumphant return after starting 25-1 under new coach John Calipari.

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