He has an afternoon show on ESPN Radio and also a show on the ACC Network. Big into basketball.
And today he said because of COVID, and the resulting number of fifth-year seniors, fourth-year juniors, even sixth-year seniors, the tournament experience level is going to be higher than ever before. And thus he thinks a 6-11 matchup, even a 5-12, may be darn near a tossup, and there are likely to be a lot of upsets.
So I looked at the Vermont roster. Nine seniors, fifth year players or grad transfers. They fit Mark’s description. Still think we can beat them (we have a few of that kind of player ourselves) but it narrows the gap a bit.
I think we saw some of that this past Hog Football season. However, a slow, unathletic 20 year old, is also a 24 year old. Maturity and experience is important. But, doing 8th grade 10 times doesn’t make a great player.
VT. has a lot of playing experience, but not in the NCAA tourney… their center has played 16 minutes. That matters when playing a team with considerable tourney experience like the Hogs. Speaking of non-tourney experience, Umude, Toney, and Lykes have scored more than 4000 points in college. Might mean something.