Posted 03/03/2018 at 08:22 AM
The craziness of March has already begun as the conference tournaments started this week. Already we’ve seen the underdogs show up and have a lot of bite to go along with their bark. Truth be known, there are many teams this year that can be ranked within a very few points of each other. Then you have a few teams, namely the Dukes, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Villanova and perhaps Xavier that could be ranked a little bit higher than the rest. But that difference between the upper echelon teams and the next level is not that great that the top teams can't be beaten by several of the next level teams right below them.
Why is there so much parity this year? My feeling is, that just like the NBA where the teams realize that all that matters is getting to the big dance or the playoffs. In the NBA, most of the regular season games are not as meaningful as they once were. We see more and more teams resting their stars, especially last in the regular season. In college, kids today are different than they used to be. I'd say there's less of a pride factor among today’s young college players.