Throughout July and most of August, sports news can be pretty slow.
That’s a great time to speculate on hypothetical scenarios and predict outcomes of the upcoming seasons. Andy of NCAA.com Katz is taking full advantage of the slow news cycle to bring us the “Team of the Decade” 64-team bracket.
Starting back with the 2010 NCAA tournament, Katz has seeded the top 64 programs based on their success in the last 10 tournaments. The seeding is based on the accumulation of success during that time span, and no individual roster is represented (i.e. no 2012 Kentucky Wildcats, 2010 Duke Blue Devils, etc.).
However, the results will be determined by fan-vote which should be driven by what an all-star roster from each school might look like.
The four No. 1 seeds are Duke, UConn, Villanova, and Kentucky. Those teams represent the most championships and Final Four appearances since 2010.
“Just like March Madness, the winner will be decided after a six-round, single-elimination tournament,” Katz wrote. “The primary voting will be conducted on the @MarchMadness Twitter account using 2-day polls beginning Monday, Aug. 5. The Final Four and national championship polls will be extended to three days.”
Voting is currently live on Twitter, although it is unclear how many match-ups will take place each day.
As for Kentucky’s roster, I have narrowed it down to these 12 former Wildcats based on their performance at Kentucky.
- John Wall
- DeMarcus Cousins
- Brandon Knight
- Anthony Davis
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
- Willie Cauley-Stein
- Julius Randle
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- Tyler Ulis
- Jamal Murray
- De’Aaron Fox
- Malik Monk
Who would you put on the roster? How far should this team advance in Katz’s “Team of the Decade” tournament?