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5 Things We’ve Learned From 2014 NCAA Tournament

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5 Things We’ve Learned From 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The NCAA Tournament will end on Monday night. It’s been another fantastic tournament full of upsets and great games, and March Madness has once again proven itself as the greatest sporting event on the planet.
So, what have we learned these last few weeks, other than that John Calipari is a genius? Well, here’s what we’ve learned.

5. The Atlantic 10 Was Highly Overrated

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5. The Atlantic 10 Was Highly Overrated

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Yes, Dayton made a great run, but the Atlantic 10 received six bids into the tournament. The other five teams combined to go 1-6, with only St. Louis advancing to round two due the epic free throw meltdown of NC State.

4. The New Big East Isn’t So Big

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4. The New Big East Isn’t So Big

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The new Big East Conference struggled and only received four bids. Xavier was routed in the play-in game, Providence fell in the first round and Creighton and Villanova failed to make it out of Round 2.

3. One Elite Freshman Is Not Enough

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3. One Elite Freshman Is Not Enough

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Duke had Jabari Parker, Kansas had Andrew Wiggins and Arizona had Aaron Gordon, but none of those teams made it to the Final Four. If freshmen are going to be your stars, you better have talent as close to those stars as possible when those young stars take their normal freshmen days off.

2. Wichita State Was Overrated

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2. Wichita State Was Overrated

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The experts will tell you that the Shockers are not overrated. They will tell you they just came up against a talented Kentucky team. But when you go undefeated and the only team you beat all year was St. Louis (don’t bring up Tennessee, they were horrible for most of the season), you didn’t deserve a No. 1 seed. To be considered a No. 1 seed, don't you have to beat someone good at least once?

1. Billy Donovan Now Tops List of Active Great Coaches

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1. Billy Donovan Now Tops List of Active Great Coaches

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On the verge of his third National Title in nine years at a school where basketball is an afterthought, Donovan has to be named from now on when talking about the great coaches in college basketball. How he’s been overlooked to this point is beyond me, but it’s about time Billy the Kid gets his due.

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