Final Four and National Championship Predictions

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    Final Four and National Championship Predictions

    ESPN.com has released the predicted Final Fours and National Champions by all of their college basketball analysts -- and honestly, I'm truly shocked at how few mentions of UK there are. I'm not a UK fan, but for only 2 or 3 of their analysts to have UK in their Final 4 is really interesting to me.

    By the way, Tom Crean with a classic "I hate you, so I'm going to place HUGE expectations upon you that you're nearly a guarantee to fall short of, so I can say you under-achieved!" Brilliantly played....

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    Not a lot of love for Kentucky in that. I like it. A lot less expectations on this year's squad.

    I actually agree with Crean in a sense. I think Xavier has a real shot to be Final Four good this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan View Post
    I actually agree with Crean in a sense. I think Xavier has a real shot to be Final Four good this year.
    I'm not saying that Xavier doesn't have a real shot at getting to the Final Four, I'm simply saying that Crean HATES Chris (and his staff) with the intensity of 1,000 suns and is absolutely making that prediction with an agenda in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MentschTrachtGottLacht View Post
    I'm not saying that Xavier doesn't have a real shot at getting to the Final Four, I'm simply saying that Crean HATES Chris (and his staff) with the intensity of 1,000 suns and is absolutely making that prediction with an agenda in mind.
    Maybe I'm off base, but don't most coaches dislike Crean rather intensely? I feel I've heard/read before that Crean is considered a giant tool bag in the coaching circles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan View Post
    Maybe I'm off base, but don't most coaches dislike Crean rather intensely? I feel I've heard/read before that Crean is considered a giant tool bag in the coaching circles.
    Not cared for, that is correct. Not at a Jim Calhoun-level of universal malice, but certainly in the Kevin O'Neill category for dislike. He is such a phony.

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    Saw Robbie Hummel's name? Same Robbie Hummel that played for Purdue? What's he doing these days. Just assumed that he was playing overseas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Saw Robbie Hummel's name? Same Robbie Hummel that played for Purdue? What's he doing these days. Just assumed that he was playing overseas.
    I think he just recently retired, and joined ESPN as an analyst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan View Post
    Maybe I'm off base, but don't most coaches dislike Crean rather intensely? I feel I've heard/read before that Crean is considered a giant tool bag in the coaching circles.
    Well he is a Harbaugh by marriage so it makes sense.

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    Lot of MSU love. Can’t say I disagree. They return a bunch and Bridges is rather good. Add Izzo to the mix and you’ve got a legit title contender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MentschTrachtGottLacht View Post
    I'm not saying that Xavier doesn't have a real shot at getting to the Final Four, I'm simply saying that Crean HATES Chris (and his staff) with the intensity of 1,000 suns and is absolutely making that prediction with an agenda in mind.
    Can you say where the negative feelings Crean has for Mack come from?

    Does Mack share the same feelings for Crean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldbird View Post
    Can you say where the negative feelings Crean has for Mack come from?

    Does Mack share the same feelings for Crean?
    Yes

    No

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    Quote Originally Posted by MentschTrachtGottLacht View Post
    Yes

    No
    You can say, but you won't say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldbird View Post
    You can say, but you won't say?
    It is two-fold: a) Travis Steele is / was very close to Kelvin Sampson and his son, whose tenure at IU is well documented. Secondly, they got locked in some fierce recruiting battles, most of which went Xavier's way, which created some ill-will. Mix in Jordan Crawford leaving IU for Xavier, and Tu Holloway de-committing from IU after Sampson's tenure and then heading to Xavier. There have been some personal shots made by Crean on Social Media over the years, a couple of the famous ones (quoting as best as I can recall without looking them up):
    * There is an assistant coach at a midwest University that I wouldn't trust to park my car.
    * I hate when head coaches inherit a program on 3rd base and then walk around bragging about hitting a triple.

    Something to that effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MentschTrachtGottLacht View Post
    It is two-fold: a) Travis Steele is / was very close to Kelvin Sampson and his son, whose tenure at IU is well documented. Secondly, they got locked in some fierce recruiting battles, most of which went Xavier's way, which created some ill-will. Mix in Jordan Crawford leaving IU for Xavier, and Tu Holloway de-committing from IU after Sampson's tenure and then heading to Xavier. There have been some personal shots made by Crean on Social Media over the years, a couple of the famous ones (quoting as best as I can recall without looking them up):
    * There is an assistant coach at a midwest University that I wouldn't trust to park my car.
    * I hate when head coaches inherit a program on 3rd base and then walk around bragging about hitting a triple.

    Something to that effect.
    Good stuff. Thank you for sharing.

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    I would like to say that there is no chance Ky will be in final four

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