This year we saw two teams advance to the finals both with size in Center & Forward positions. North Carolina Meeks 6-10, Jackson 6-8,Hicks 6-9. Gonzaga Karnowski 7-1, Collins 7-0, Williams 6-9, and Tillie 6-10. All skilled players that could drive and score around the basket. To get there, both teams relied on down low scoring and rebounding. They shot threes at opportune time, and skilled guards ran the offenses. It was a good game and as usual luck had to be on someone’s side to finish. NC, in addition to being good had the luck plus refs through the tournament. That is the combination needed for a championship.
Not one freshmen phenom in either starting lineup (Kentucky, Duke,UCLA)
< in addition to being good had the luck plus refs through the tournament. That is the combination needed for a championship.<
If that is the case, don’t look for us to ever win another National Championship.
Didn’t Villanova win it just a year ago with their tallest starter at 6’9" or so?
The good thing about size is that if you have it, you always have it. It’s not hot or cold. It travels well…It shows up when everything else is in the toilet.
Villanova had one really good post scorer 6-11 Daniel Ochefu. However, their primary lineup surrounded him with guards, and they backed up Ochefu with one 6-8 PF. Ochefu was usually stamina-limited to about 23 minutes a game. They took down a better UNC team last season. Championship teams come in a lot of shapes and varieties.
You can’t take a one year sample and generalize it. It depends on who the players are and their skills. The size on Gonzaga may have actually cost them the championship game by missing so many shots and fouling out. And remember Arkansas, Kentucky and Oregon with less size almost beat UNC.
Seldom do teams have size any more in college basketball. The really good big men are only there for one year. So it’s rare that you see anything like last night anymore.