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Kentucky falls, parity lives on

1/27/2010

One thing I love about college basketball these days is the parity that exists. You hear the phrase, "on any given night," but it really is true; especially when a big-time program goes on the road into a hostile environment.

Just ask John Calipari what happened Tuesday night in South Carolina. The Gamecocks were coming off a heartbreaking loss at Florida. Darrin Horn's kids rose up to the challenge against a Kentucky team that was fired up thanks to a phone call from President Obama.

Unfortunately for the 'Cats, youth was not served. Devan Downey scored 30 big points and the last unbeaten was history, baby!

These days, you really have to lace 'em up and come to play -- regardless of who the opponent is. If you are not ready to play, it can be upset city. With the three-point shot revolutionizing the game, things can change in a hurry and the 'Davids' have a better shot against the 'Goliaths.'

Another key is guard play. Not every team has super interior players, so if you have one to two quality outside shooters, you can hang in a game or come from behind. Just look at some of the upsets in recent weeks!

Big names fall short regularly. There is so much balance and so many good teams. There simply aren't as many super clubs as in the past -- no UCLA-types from the seventies. Without dominant super powers, there is the potential for many competitive games down the stretch.

Clubs come out and play with passion, emotion and feeling. That is part of any winning equation -- the desire to get to the winner's circle. The message is loud-and-clear. This season is a guessing game; who knows what will transpire come March Madness!

Coaches will remind their teams that have to compete with intensity, especially in league play prior to conference tournaments, and eventually the big dance.

Tournament time will produce excitement galore. The 'Goliaths' will respond in many cases, but if they are not prepared to perform, watch out.

We have seen a lot of wacky things already, but the fun is just heating up, baby! This has the potential of being a wide-open tourney in March. College basketball is awesome, baby, with a capital A!