When tournament time comes around some reminisce about the old days, when kids stayed in school four years making for continuity and familiar faces at the top.

Was it better when the same teams made it to the title game ever year? Not really, unless you liked these guys.

Was it better when the same teams made it to the title game every year? Not really, unless you liked these guys.

Not me.

These days every year is a question mark and any team can rise to the top. Since 2000, there have been eight different champions and nine different runner ups.

The only exception to the rule was Florida, who repeated in 2006 and 2007. It was a rare case of a group of kids passing up on the quick paycheck and staying an extra year.

Come to think of it, maybe Corey Brewer and Taurean Green should’ve stayed one more year. Speaking of Gators that should’ve stayed in school, remember Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson? Hope they went back and got their degrees.

Anyway, the original point was, the great thing about March Madness is that now more than ever there are no favorites. In only three of the last six years has a 1-seed won it all.

This year’s 1-seeds aren’t that impressive.

North Carolina was supposed to be the run-away favorite coming into the season. Don’t bank on it. Ty Lawson isn’t 100 percent. Enough said.

You know it’s a wide-open field when Louisville is your No. 1 overall seed. This is a team that lost to Western Kentucky, Minnesota, UNLV, and Notre Dame (by 33 points).

Connecticut could’ve been that dominant No. 1 seed, but the loss of Jerome Dyson is going to hurt them.

Then there’s Pittsburgh. Sorry, but any team that’s regular season ends in a 14-point loss to West Virginia doesn’t impress me.

So who are the dark-horses? I have no clue. And that’s what’s great about it.

I had a nightmare last night that the first round of the tournament was off and running and I didn’t have a single bracket filled out. Don’t let this happen to you.

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