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 Posted: Wed Mar 9th, 2011 10:09 pm
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With the NCAA Tournament drawing near, I wanted to put forth a simple poll about college basketball.  Looking over the board, the sport is discussed minimally.  I only recall a couple of threads about college hoops during the regular season, and one of those had more to do with the Connecticut womens' winning streak.

I grew up in North Carolina, and attended college at one of the ACC schools in that state.  As such, I follow college basketball fairly closely.  There is, however, no denying that widespread interest in the sport has declined.  Ratings have more or less been trending downward for years, and there are few "stars" to draw eyes to the game.  Almost all television discussion is devoted to or pointing toward the NCAA Tournament, which remains popular. 

The popularity of, and almost singular focus on the tournament has been, in my opinion, detrimental to the interest in the regular season, which now runs from early November to early March.  As a fan of the game, it is a little disconcerting to see its public perception in seeming decline.  In addition to reasons listed above, I think there are several other causes of this.  So in the interest of provoking discussion, I have started the above poll.

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It's pretty high. I follow KU, living only 40 minutes from Lawrence, and with the Jayhawks a top 10 team almost every year I've lived here, and having been in 3 Final Fours since 2003 it's pretty easy for me to keep interested each March.

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Less than zero. I have never followed any college sports.
I am also a degenerate gambler, and I don't even join the March Madness pools, so that should tell you something, haha.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 9th, 2011 10:16 pm
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I follow the local teams ( Nova, Temple ,Penn) , and the Tar Heels.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: It's pretty high. I follow KU, living only 40 minutes from Lawrence, and with the Jayhawks a top 10 team almost every year I've lived here, and having been in 3 Final Fours since 2003 it's pretty easy for me to keep interested each March.
Yeah, a thread you started was one of the few mentions I remember on the board.

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Very little interest at all. All the local teams are mid-majors, so the regular season is completely useless with the conference tournament determining who actually makes the NCAA Tournament.

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High interest here as well. I'm a big UC fan and it'll be nice to see them back in the tournament this year. Hopefully they can make a little noise since they're playing their best basketball of the season and their defense is very solid. I'm also a pretty big UNC fan since that's my wifes team so I've sort of inherited them as one of my teams.

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Despite Georgia only posting it's seventh (I think) 20-win season in school history, I watch a good bit. Probably to the extent I do as nothing else on network TV really interests me and I'm not a movie individual. That said, I barely keep up with the NBA. It's not basketball, but a sideshow.

The star level started dropping when Kwame Brown was drafted as high as he was. At about that time, Elton Brand left Duke early, which was at the time unheard of. More kids started declaring after high school and the NBA drafted more and more of them. The NCAA and NBA agreed on that stupid rule that the vast majority of the kid play one year in college, but that's killed college even more. Everybody and their non-basketball interested mother knew John Wall was gone after a year. Hard to get your fans excited when that superstar is only playing for his NBA contract (not the NCAA doesn't make a ton of money of the 'amateur' players themselves).

EDIT: ^^^ Old Cincinnati teams. Remember Dontonio Wingfield? When he was in high school in Albany (Westover), he was the most awesome thing to ever exist over there.

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Always been a big fan of the college game, going back to the Alcindor/UCLA Maravich/LSU era.



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 Posted: Wed Mar 9th, 2011 11:31 pm
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Hammer to Fall wrote:
Despite Georgia only posting it's seventh (I think) 20-win season in school history, I watch a good bit. Probably to the extent I do as nothing else on network TV really interests me and I'm not a movie individual. That said, I barely keep up with the NBA. It's not basketball, but a sideshow.

The star level started dropping when Kwame Brown was drafted as high as he was. At about that time, Elton Brand left Duke early, which was at the time unheard of. More kids started declaring after high school and the NBA drafted more and more of them. The NCAA and NBA agreed on that stupid rule that the vast majority of the kid play one year in college, but that's killed college even more. Everybody and their non-basketball interested mother knew John Wall was gone after a year. Hard to get your fans excited when that superstar is only playing for his NBA contract (not the NCAA doesn't make a ton of money of the 'amateur' players themselves).

EDIT: ^^^ Old Cincinnati teams. Remember Dontonio Wingfield? When he was in high school in Albany (Westover), he was the most awesome thing to ever exist over there.


Hell yeah I remember Dontonio Wingfield! I thought he had so much potential as a freshman and it was very disappointing to see him leave after just one season. Had he stayed in school we could've really built a powerful team with some of the other recruits that came in the next few years.

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Don't watch it at all.  Maybe have seen about 10 mins total this whole season.  Will read about it all online.

I keep up but don't watch.



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Didn't watch as much this year as the previous couple of years. Hawks & Bulls both good so less time to watch College Jam Ball.



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Don't watch the Tournament, the Final Four, the championship game. Nothing. Very little interest in basketball, even less interest in college sports. 

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I'm still very into college basketball, but must admit it's not like it was prior to the mid 1990s when the one and done thing started happening along with kids going pro right from HS before the NBA shut that door. The quality of play and the ability to identify with certain teams and players was much better when you could count on the best players staying at least through their junior years.

ESPN is running a documentary on the Fab Five this weekend. To a great extent that group is responsible for the change. Michigan starting five freshmen and making the NCAA title game and then making title game with those five as sophomores reset expectations and standards. The days of elite freshmen players delegating to upperclassmen were over. Kids of Chris Webber's ability expected to be their team's top option immediately and go pro much sooner.

In the 1991 NBA Draft, 22 of the 27 first round players were seniors. By the 1996 NBA Draft, only 9 of the 29 first rounders were seniors. College hoops has never reversed that trend, even with the NBA banning HS players and putting in a rookie salary cap. The talent drain alienates fans and will keep college hoops from ever returning to its late 1980s/early 1990s peak.

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