It’s been a while since we heard former Memphis Tigers Head Basketball Coach, Josh Pastner say; “Everybody’s good.” We all thought we were past those days. But to the naked eye, the program looks to be in worst shape. At least Pastner could recruit, early in his tenure at Memphis. Not sure what current Head Coach Tubby Smith is doing.
But I am not here to bash the program. The program has already taken a beating. But I am here to suggest a little hope. To piggyback on Pastner famous phrase; everybody’s good-it’s not true this year in college basketball. To be honest, there are only a few good teams. Maybe only one saw far and that’s Duke. #2Kansas took a terrible lost to an un-ranked Washington team at home. #5 Florida also had a bad home lost to an un-ranked team tonight too. If Memphis was ranked and lost to Loyola-Chicago; it would be like the scene in Game of Thrones, when the town’s people wanted Ned Stark’s head, but instead of Ned, it would be Tubby.
Here’s my point.
The college game is full of talent, but a team full of young talent, doesn’t always win you championship. The last two National Championship teams were lead by upper classmen. In the past seven years, only two freshmen lead teams have won a championship and that’s; Duke in 2015 and Kentucky in 2012. Your not guaranteed to win a championship, just because you have the best freshman class. Veteran teams win championships. Coach Cal has had a top freshman recruiting class every year in the past decade, only one championship. North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams hasn’t had many top recruiting classes lately. But he has had guys who stick around and come back to school, veteran teams. Last years championship team was not highly recruited, but they went to two consecutive championship games and were only one lucky shot away from winning back to back championships. The team they faced last year was a veteran Gonzaga team.
Give Tubby some time TigerNation. He is building a team, that will eventually know how to play together and win games. He’s not flashy and shiny, but he can coach. Give it time.