Monday, February 22, 2010

Life After New Orleans....

So who will be the next New Orleans Saints?

Will a first-time champion happen again this year?

Let's see--

The next major championship (up for grabs) is the NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball championship. As of today, the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (26-1) and the No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats (26-1) look pretty solid and are the odds-on-favorites to reach the Final Four in next month's tournament, known as March Madness. I mean, from the looks of it these two juggernauts are on a collision course.

But neither one could be the next New Orleans. These two powerhouses have already won 10 championships between them-- Kentucky has won 7 (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998) and Kansas has won 3 (1952, 1988, 2008).

And neither could 4 other current Top 10 schools:

  • No. 4 Syracuse Orangemen (2003 champions)
  • No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (1991, 1992, 2001 champions)
  • No. 7 Villanova Wildcats (1985 champions)
  • No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes (1960 champions)

The only current Top 10 schools that have the potential to follow in the Saints footsteps are:

  • No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers
  • No. 6 Kansas State Wildcats
  • No. 8 West Virginia Mountaineers
  • No. 10 New Mexico Lobos

These 4 schools have 0 championships between them with Purdue (23-3) and Kansas State (22-4) having the strongest chances in my opinion. But like I said, Kansas and Kentucky look mighty good-- and that's putting it lightly.

Let's see....

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Stats courtesy of Wikipedia


  1. I went to New Mexico for one year of Graduate School, I would love to see the Lobos do it. It would be huge for that school. I remember when I attended school there, they had a player named Ruben Douglas, he led the nation in scoring, but because it was New Mexico, not a respected basketball program, he wasn't even drafted. A championship would really grow that program.

  2. Indeed it would be a huge accomplishment for New Mexico, Charley. They have a decent shot at it. Even if they don't win it all, going deep in the tournament would be a huge boost for them.