Do you remember Speed 2? Neither do I. Some sequels should never be made. Maybe there’s just one actor remaining from the original, but Hollywood forces it on you anyways. Enter Yogi Farrell on this year’s Indiana team. The Hoosiers top my flab five of teams destined for a flat showing compared to the 2012-13 campaign:
3. New Mexico
5. Wichita St.
Oregon was one of the coolest stories last March. They ran the table in the Pac 12 Championships, were insulted with a 12-seed, then corralled the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They beat a great St. Louis squad before meeting their match in eventual champion Louisville. They deserve all the credit in the world, which is what they’re getting with a AP Top 25 ranking pre-season. However, again, they’ve lost the actors. Emery, Kazemi and Singler are gone. They added Mosier from UNLV, but have you checked what success he’s had tournament time with the “Running Rebels?”
I feel the same way about Wichita State. I was totally drinking the kool-aid last season with the Shockers. However, they’ve lost a starting point guard in Amstead, the most winningest Shocker in program history with Williams, and a grown man in Hall. Players matter.