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2007: MARCH MANIFESTO: SECRET #1

NCAA Tournament | All 65 Team Capsules | Win Your Pool

By Adam Stanco

BasketballWriter@cs.com

 

7 Secrets to NCAA Tournament Success: NBA Talent

 

Winning six straight NCAA Tournament games is a daunting task, requiring chemistry, passion, luck, and a team bursting with talent.

 

Serious talent.

 

At least four future NBA players worth of talent, to be exact. They were not always from the same graduating class, but from 1994 through 2006, ten of the twelve national champs claimed no fewer than four future NBA players. In fact, more than four pros donned the rosters of eight of those title teams. The two that didnít? The 2003 Syracuse team and last yearís Florida squad.

 

The Ď03 Orange may have bucked the trend, but even they were awful close. Via the lottery, Carmelo Anthony joined the Denver Nuggets and Hakim Warrick joined the Memphis Grizzlies. Jeremy McNeil, Kueth Duany, and Gerry McNamara have all spent time in the NBDL. Josh Pace and Billy Edelin have played professionally overseas.

 

Last yearís National Championship squad, Florida, will certainly be sending four of their starters to the NBA. Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer, and Taurean Green will all probably be playing for pay as early as next season. And no one would be shocked if back-up power forward Chris Richard came face-to-face with a 10-day contract.

 

Professional talent is obviously not the only factor in winning a title, for no team can dance through the big dance without determination, precise passing, grit, and persistence. But cutting the net and raising the trophy is impossible without a plethora of players with pro potential.

 

Depth gives talented teams a distinct advantage over almost anyone they play. Options. With so much talent spread throughout the starters, opponents do not have the luxury of double-teaming the elite.

 

There are 65 teams who could potentially win a game in this yearís NCAA Tournament, yet only a select few are stacked enough to win it all.

 

Examples:

Florida

Kansas

North Carolina

Ohio State

 

Secrets For NCAA Tournament Success:

 

  1. Talent - NBA potential is no joke.

  2. Post Defense - The bigger, the better.

  3. Sharp Shooting - Simple math: three is better than two.

  4. Experience - Who has nerves of steel?

  5. Star Power - Winning is the All-American way.

  6. Guard Play - Little guys point the way.

  7. X-Factor - Fear of the unknown.

 

The March Manifesto is the secret to filling out your NCAA Tournament bracket.

 

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