CBS Sports’ annual anonymous survey of college basketball coaches is back, and today, the panel is tackling the ultimate question: who will win the 2020 NCAA Tournament?
Michigan State is the overwhelming favorite at 54%, followed by Kansas (17%) and Kentucky (12%). Duke and Florida round out the top five with 7% and 5%, respectively. More than one hundred coaches voted in the poll, and Matt Norlander shared some of their comments. I really like this one about Kentucky being the hunter and Michigan State being the hunted.
“It’s really difficult not to go with Michigan State. They are oozing experience on all fronts. They have the roster, the head coach, as well as continuity on the coaching staff to make another deep run in March. But for some reason, I think they are better when they are the hunted and not the hunter. They thrive on having something to prove — or feeling like they aren’t being given the respect they deserve. That won’t be the case this year so it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep their edge or if the hunger that was there last year is gone. That’s why I’m going with the University of Kentucky to win it all. A few years back you couldn’t turn on a television without seeing or hearing Coach Cal and the Wildcats, but lately people are doubting them both on the court and on the recruiting trail. Every team goes through a down cycle, even Kentucky, but they are going to be a hungry bunch all year and into March.”
I sure hope so. To check out the rest of the comments, click the link below.