The Men’s Final Four is a little over 24 hours away and the question I have for Big Blue Nation is this: Do you care? Last season’s Final Four may have been the most hyped of all time with Kentucky meeting Louisville in New Orleans. Merchandise sales were at an all time high in the Blue Grass State as both Wildcat and Cardinal fans were spending their hard-earned cash purchasing Final Four gear.
This season is completely different. Kentucky didn’t even make the NCAA tournament and my personal interest in March Madness took a hit. I watched the first weekend’s games as usual, but after that my attention to the tournament waned a bit.
There have been no shortages in story-lines: Florida Gulf Coast’s improbable run; Wichita State is the new George Mason; the emergence of Mitch McGary at Michigan; and of course the Kevin Ware injury. But to me, none of this has made me want to watch the games any more than usual.
It’s a forgone conclusion at this point that Louisville is going to win the title this season to cap off a dominating postseason run. Not many experts are giving the Shockers of Wichita State much of a chance and there are plenty of flaws to point out in both Michigan and Syracuse. But, there is always the chance that the underdog will prevail and shock the favorites. It’s happened time and time again, and Louisville doesn’t have a roster full of NBA star power, whereas a team like Michigan does.
But is this enough to make you want to tune in? Are the story-lines compelling enough? As a basketball fan, I have to admit that I will be watching the Final Four. It’s kind of impossible not to watch, but it won’t be with the same type of joy and interest that I usually have for this event.
The fact that this may be a Cardinal coronation does take the luster off the One Shining Moment, but I will be tuning in all the same.