The Kentucky men’s basketball team has advanced to the final round of the NCAA’s Team of the Decade tournament after knocking out Michigan State in the Final Four with 55 percent of the over 33,000 votes.
The UK “dream team”, in this instance, consists of five current NBA players, four of them All-Stars; Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and John Wall.
And who do the Wildcats face in the championship of this made-up social media experiment? The historic and legendary college basketball program with a rich history and even deeper roots – the Purdue Boilermakers, who earned a seven-seed to start the tourney. Who doesn’t remember their elite class of players such as E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson? En route to the final matchup, Purdue eliminated weak programs with little to offer in terms of basketball relevance such as Connecticut, Duke, Marquette, and Xavier. Purdue is legit. I’m not sure how Davis or KAT would be able to hold up in the paint against the likes of 2013 NBA Summer League veteran Robbie Hummel. What if Carsen Edwards and Caleb Swanigan double-team Booker in the corner? Luckily, this is all hypothetical, so all you really need to do is VOTE!
#MMToD National Championship:
Vote for the top Team of the Decade all-star squad!
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) September 3, 2019
As of the time I am writing this post, Kentucky currently holds a 58 percent lead with already 22,000-plus votes being locked in. But in all seriousness, how in the hell did Purdue make it this far? Props to the other BBN (Big Boiler Nation?) on hyping up its band of former players. I’m glad they can finally claim that they made an NCAA title game for the first time in 50 years. Had Edwards not heat-checked the Boilermakers all the way to the Elite Eight this past season, I’m not even sure I would know what a ‘Purdue’ is.
Do your thing, Big Blue Nation.