Mac Attack 02/14/12: Steve Lappas from CBS Sports joined the guys to discuss his thoughts on the ACC and everything else going on in college basketball right now.
Lappas joined in immediately on Jeremy Lin, truly thrilled by his emergence on the scene.
“It’s one of the craziest things in my entire sports life…for a guy to go from the end of the bench, a complete after thought…it’s absolutely the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen.”
He switched gears from the pros to address the future NCAA tournament that is rapidly approaching. He said his favorite team to take the Championship was Kentucky, but he wasn’t ready to write off the ACC’s UNC.
“[Now Kentucky, they] deserve to be the number one overall team…this Kentucky team, what they did at Vanderbilt the other day…they were preseason number 7…for those young kids at Kentucky to be up the whole game, go down, and still win?…This Kentucky team is for real.”
Lappas feels that UNC has a lot of ground to cover. He began the season seeing this team as a mirror to the 2009 National Championship team, but feels this team has a lot of work to live up to the 2009 standards.
“People forget, coming in to this season, I thought Carolina was going to be like they were [in 2009]. I thought that this team was going to be like that team, and that hasn’t been the case. They don’t shoot the ball as well…those guys were really good three point shooters…the consistency of perimeter shooting is a problem…defensively they have been less than good.”
He felt the race was still pretty open to be a top, elite team in the NCAA tournament.
“I think there are six or seven elite teams…you have the National Champion, I’m not saying the Final Four is going to be all elite team, but the national champion is going to come from a group of five or six elite teams…”