Now that the first of a new decade of newly formated NCAA tournament fields has been set, Frump figured it’s as good a time as any to examine the best of the previous decade.
Some of you may recall Frumpzilla’s Top 25 College Football Programs of the Decade – it was a pretty big hit for us.
This undertaking, while in a similar vein, isn’t necessarily intended as a definitive ranking of select college basketball programs from ‘00/’01 – ‘09/’10. We basically just thought it would be interesting to see how college basketball programs would stack up when plotting out each’s NCAA Tournament performance over the course of a decade.
More than anything, we wanted this to be fun. If nothing else, you might learn a thing or two about NCAA Tournament history from 2000 through 2010 – at least quantitatively — so make the jump to see how the NCAA Tournament of the 2000’s plays out…
Holy Indianapolis! What a game that was, eh, Frumpsters? How Gordon Hayward’s last and second to last shots of the night didn’t go in, I just don’t know, because, watching them leave his hand, it seemed like an inevitable, forgone conclusion set in place many, many moons ago. Nevertheless, instead, just as Zoubek’s gargantuan foot was spared the same embarrassing Tourney fate previously cast upon the likes of Sleepy Floyd and Chris Webber, it appears Duke was destined to improve to 4-6 now in National Title games. But hey, at least Howard got that frumptastic screen in on Singler before the final buzzer sounded, right? BOOM! (still searching for video of it, btw).
The Blue Devils aren’t the only ones that need to be congratulated today, however; how about a hand for the winners of Frumpzilla’s 1st Annual NCAA Tournament Bracket Contest! Sarah Otvos, Cameron Frye, Nikki Jarman…some great Canes tickets, Target gift cards and, of course, some Always Sunny in Philadelphia Dick Towel merchandise await you all!
Here’s how the Final Top 10 shook out. Full standings after the jump, and many thanks to everyone for participating. We’ll hopefully see you all (and more) next year. Until then, keep reading, keep spreading the Frumpzilla love, and please be on the look out for a World Cup pool that may or may not materialize here on the site within the next few weeks!
- Sarah Otvos # (Duke): 150
- Cameron Frye # (Duke): 137
- Nikki Jarman # (Duke): 136
- Jared Johnson: 130
- Justin Smith: 119
- Amelia Hayes # (WVU): 117
- Nina and Scout: 117
- Carman Smith # (Duke): 117
- Amanda Brown: 115
- Justin Anderson: 113
Well, we’re down to the neety greety in our first annual bracket contest, and things are pretty much set with regards to who the possible prize winners could be. Nice to see that no one or two entries really ran away with things, though, and, as I’m sure you recall, there’s been a lot of back and forth.
Only one person is guaranteed a win, place or show, and that’s one Ms. Sarah Otvos, so congratulations, Sarah! You’ve got yourself some Canes tickets (assuming you can use them), at least a $50 worth of a Target gift card and, of course, some Always Sunny in Philadelphia Dick Towel gear to proudly wear around family and friends.
The other two prize slots are totally dependent on the outcome of tonight’s game, but before we get to that, here’s the Top 10:
- Jared Johnson, 130
- Sarah Otvos # (Duke), 129
- Justin Smith, 119
- Amelia Hayes # (WVU), 117
- Nina and Scout, 117
- Cameron Frye # (Duke), 116
- Amanda Brown, 115
- Nikki Jarman # (Duke), 115
- Justin Anderson, 113
- Travas Hunter, 112
Thanks to our friends at Yardbarker, and susequently Jimmy Traina’s Monday A.M. Hot Clicks, I came across this lovely video of some of the Rumors and Rants crew asking Duke fans why everyone loathes them so. The premise being, of course, that the average college basketball fan does, in fact, hate the Dukies.
Makes sense. I mean, I at least half-heartedly agree with the premise, though I’m not exactly sure why, so why not go to the source, right? Right. Well, this was all good and fine until I stumbled upon this ESPN Sportsnation Poll later in the afternoon (thanks, Dbj). More specifically the question: “Who are you rooting for to win the championship?” The results, SHOCKING…