Frasier HortonFriday, April 14, 2023
This year’s March Madness was definitely more March Madness than any other March Madness in recent memory. A bunch of smart kids (Princeton) calculated their way to the sweet sixteen over Arizona and made me briefly question my perception of Ivy League athletics (briefly). Virginia once again showed us why you can’t ever trust them in March, losing to Furman. We saw the ultimate battle of heart versus height with heart with one of the best college basketball games I’ve ever seen with Farleigh Dickinsion (?!!) University beating Zach Edey and the Purdue Boilermakers in the first freaking round. A 6'6" center was all it took to neutralize the Wooden Player of Year who was a freakish 7 feet and 4 inches, once again proving that coaching is underrated aspect of college development. Alas, there were several players who stood out among the tournament stars and need to be highlighted.
My criteria is essentially based on the theme of “I don’t care." Let me explain. I don’t care how many games he played, I don’t care how bad his team lost, I don’t care how one-sidedly his team won, and I don’t care about his team’s expectations. If he made the most of his time there, he’s on this list. This may ruffle some feathers just because most people believe that a list like this should have players who made it at least to the Final Four, but I feel like that robs players who played well but their teams' play didn’t get them to the Final Four. We saw a lot of great players even when those are excluded; I’ll likely be wondering for a while whether I made the right choices, but without further ado, here are my all tournament teams. Hit the email below if you strongly disagree.
Jaime Jaquez Jr.
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