2015 College Basketball Final Four Power Rankings - 3/30/15
Final Four Rankings
March 30, 2015
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With the 2015 Final Four taking place in a few days, let’s take a look at how all four teams stack up. I can’t remember a Final Four this loaded with storylines, talent and great coaches. We should be spoiled Saturday with two great games.
But let’s take a look at how I rank the four remaining squads.
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1. Kentucky Wildcats - Yes, I’ve talked crap about the Kentucky Wildcats pretty much all season long and still think they’re extremely overrated (Thanks, ESPN). However, they are undefeated, and for that, I have to show them some sort of respect. Kentucky isn’t unbeatable, not the greatest team ever, heck, this isn’t even the greatest Kentucky team. Just because the Wildcats may have the most talent and eventual NBA players, doesn’t mean they’re the best TEAM. Kentucky still struggles offensively at times and doesn’t dominate consistently the way I’d like. Still, Kentucky is nearly impossible to score on in the paint, grabs every rebound in sight and has enough offense to get them over the finish line. Like it or not, the Kentucky Wildcats are the toughest team to beat right now.
2. Wisconsin Badgers - If there’s any team in the country that could beat the Kentucky Wildcats, it’s the Wisconsin Badgers. Hint: That’s why they’re here. Wisconsin has the best overall player in the country in Frank Kaminsky, another guy who can kill you inside or outside in Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes, somebody who would be the best player on most teams in the country. Wisconsin can kill you inside or outside and really puts tons of pressure on the defense. The Badgers also put pressure on opposing team’s offense by limiting plays and shortening the game. Wisconsin is an experienced team that’s been here before and feels like it has unfinished business to take care of, which also makes the Badgers are a scary team to play. As of right now, I think Wisconsin is going to win the championship. The only reason the Wisconsin Badgers aren’t No. 1 on this list is because they’re not undefeated.
3. Duke Blue Devils - The Duke Blue Devils are also a nightmare to defend on the offensive end, as they have five key players shooting above 35 percent from downtown. Whether it’s Justise Winslow or Quinn Cook, Duke can get hot quickly and really open a game up (Just ask North Carolina). Oh, and there’s some guy named Jahlil Okafor, who will be a top-five pick in this year’s NBA draft and has taken his game to another level in the NCAA Tournament. And if we’re going to talk about coaches, I’m not sure I’d want anybody else on my sideline than mike krzyzewski, who is a four-time champion and is in 12th Final Four. John Wooden is the only other coach who has been in as many Final Fours as Krzyzewski. Duke is dangerous.
4. Michigan State Spartans - I’m not nearly as surprised at Michigan State making it this far in the tournament as others seem to be. I mean, we’re talking about Tom Izzo, for crying out loud. Also, Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice are an experienced and deadly duo that rarely makes mistakes and usually always knocks down the big shots. MSU also has some underrated bigs in Branden Dawson and Matt Costello who can get nasty on the boards and give you timely offense. Michigan State may not be the prettiest and most flashy team, but it’s not always the best team that wins the title. I really like Michigan State and aren’t counting the Spartans out to keep rolling. MSU is fourth on this list, but don’t get caught sleeping.