This season of college basketball is crazier than any in recent memory. It seems like each night, a highly-ranked team loses, making the race for the 2020 National Championship wide open.
On this morning’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, John Calipari weighed in, telling reporters he believes 25 teams are capable of winning the title this year, 60-70 of making the Final Four.
“There’s just so much parity right now. The players, the teams, the leagues, there’s just parity. There were times I can remember being on phone calls and said, ‘Look guys, there are eight teams that have a chance to win the national title and there’s 20 that have a chance to get to the Final Four.’ I tell you right now, there may be 25 teams that can win the national title. There may be 60, 70 teams that can get to a Final Four.”
One of those 25 teams in Calipari’s mind is West Virginia, coached by Cal’s good friend Bob Huggins.
“You’re talking leagues that have people watching and say, I got a terrific guard who can bust it and shoot balls but they’ve also got a couple big guys. I talked to Bob Huggins not long ago and told him, I said, ‘Geez, you’ve got rebounding, your toughness, your defense, your scoring,’ I said, ‘Bob, you guys could do this.'”
Calipari said the craziness in the sport only makes him more focused on making sure his squad is battle-ready come March.
“It’s crazy. And there’s not many years like that, which is why I keep coming back to what I have on my wall, big as day: Coach your team. None of the other stuff happens. It makes no bearing on what we need to do here.”