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Nobody -- Nobody and that's the beauty of you know -- It's funny part import alert your PBS you know -- like to make predictions and I try not to be wishy washy about my predictions you know as -- say there's no slow way to drive off a cliff.
So I hope it's this it's been a really dangerous tournament to be to be doing that but that's.
That's part of the -- made it's the -- of sports and you know the classic -- that this year was northern Iowa taken down Candace in the -- -- around.
I had -- winning the whole thing starting back in October and never wavered from that -- -- You know if they played ten times -- is probably would win eight or nine times but they.
The northern Iowa didn't have to beat -- ten times so that to me is what makes the NC -- and so unique it's.
It's about grabbing it's ultimately about crowning a champion but it's not solely about crowning champions all the beautiful upsets along the way that gets excited and course we have.
You know -- I underdog team here -- Butler.
Which besides being -- small school -- 4000 students from an out of the way conference.
Is located right here in Indianapolis six miles from.
Where the final four is going to be played so they're gonna be the home team this weekend.
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Did you have conducted gotten to the final form.
I actually had I didn't -- West Virginia and duke get into the final four -- And and you know my my editor at SI dot com sent me a link that at the start of the year they ask does that.
Pick a file for back to put Butler in the final four back in October -- conveniently forgotten that it.
Wasn't even close to -- -- to go.
This far but I I had wanted to bring him back then but that wanted to come back then we'll Erica -- -- they -- -- they they were actually ranked eleventh.
-- in the in the eight people the top 25 polls start to see and they had a good year last year they made the parliament and then they brought everybody back.
So a lot of people did have expectations for them that they lost a couple of games early on.
-- just kind of forgot about because then they got into the league they want every team in the league this year.
But you know when they play in the Horizon League gets you don't know is it because they're so good that the league is so bad -- -- -- -- but.
You don't know these things until they get into a situation like the NC -- and -- up going up against Syracuse going up against the Kansas State that you get to see what they're made.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- All the stuff for the Greg Gumbel and Greg Anthony on CBS sports in the -- start Saturday on some first time.
First game tips off a little after 6 o'clock or 102 game will tip off twenty minutes after that one end and we go on the air for for a two hour.
Pre game show which I know you'll be riveted to the whole time.
I'll some bombs -- -- -- moment to get jacked up for.
You know it took place because if if when -- -- -- one of those.
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It's sort of available -- dollars up close and personal -- -- I don't know absolutely so I've done that and that actually works to you to develop -- rooting interest for.
Doctor fans like -- who don't know much about him you know this as billion of that not knowing much about it.
I still players got a very hard to mid West Virginia and all this start your order.
Well I don't think -- full disclosure of Obama Colombo do.
Of course have picked Baylor to beat them over the weekend so I'm I'm I'm more loyal to myself that I have to my alma mater about keeping that duke is.
Is gonna win the game and when that when the championship because they -- was Virginia is kind of a strong.
-- -- -- because with the strength with their toughness with their half court defense and I can overwhelm you with talent that knocked -- me by.
-- scoring you and duke.
Unlike a lot of the -- -- coach case had the last few years the big big strong tough basketball team he really you know beat Baylor in.
And rebounding significantly.
On Sunday and Baylor is a big inclusive do complain West Virginia even inside they should win the game because -- guards are better so.
They're very very evenly matched in the other two teams are evenly matched two but -- along with the with the duke is on this or any.
Enables players and is starting 500.
It's a dumb question -- -- -- goes -- remember the first -- -- have any NBA potential.
Absolutely I mean there -- a couple of guys on the team who who will play in the NBA by.
This final four is incredibly unusual -- that there's probably.
No player on any of the fourteen that will be.
And NBA lottery pick meaning they would they would go in the first I think it's thirteen picks in that first round.
Which -- the team that didn't make the playoffs and that that draft or get set by -- so they call you lottery pick which.
You know Candace has some lottery picks Kentucky's got a lot of lottery -- Syracuse.
As one lottery -- Wesley Johnson none of those guys made it two years of Duke's got a couple players I think Kyle Singler right now.
He'll have the option of coming out in the draft -- -- junior but he comes -- he's probably mid to late first rounder.
And they've got a freshman named Mason -- who comes off the bench but I think we'll develop into an NBA players so they they got a couple guys who can play in the NBA but we're not.
This final fours Syria as a group.
I call them the intangibles because they they won here with you know toughness and efficiency -- and selflessness and experience and it's it's not overwhelmingly talented field in terms of NBA players on finally.
Expended -- -- extends -- -- -- Well.
Of course I have a dog in the hunt that work for CBS so my feeling is they can invite you know junior high school girls teams don't want into the term as a means -- determined on CBS but it.
You know I would never rip -- A player -- coached any organizations are doing something because they can make more money doing it you know you know.
Athletic departments and universities in the hole or are truly cash strapped and most of them.
Are operating in the red and if they feel like they can get more money Michael and in 96.
Then that's what they ought to do I don't think there's much of a competitive reason to do it I have.
My concern is not -- -- done as much as it is the regular season if you go to 96 basically.
You know thirteen of the sixteen big east teams are gonna get -- the -- -- every year so.
I I -- that it -- the regular season I worry that it -- going to -- and determined but you know.
What determined starts in the games are on the way I think people are gonna watch and still get excited about saying I did never good game and a lot like your -- thanks so much for having me on that all but certain pass on the message in the kind words.
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