The Bucks host Boston tonight in a game that could allow some of us Bucks fans to actually believe what we are seeing. The Bucks have been on a roll and we all love it, but we have absolutely no trust built up in this team. We all realize that barring an injury to Bogut the Bucks should get into the playoffs, but for me, I may not totally believe the Bucks are good until they win a playoff series.
As Bill Murray’s famous Groundskeeper would say “It’s a little harsh”. It may be harsh but it is realistic. The Bucks have been in the playoffs twice since the Eastern Conference finals run. They were pathetic just a few years ago when they joined the Tankfest with several other teams to get at Oden or Durant and they even screwed that up and wound up with the 5th pick.
Sooooo, like I said, there is very little trust built up. The Bucks missed out on a chance to beat an NBA elite team Saturday night when Lebron sat out. Yes the win was nice, but a win with Lebron in the lineup would have meant a ton more, and even a competitive loss with Lebron in the lineup would have meant more than a win without him. At least to us fans who still are unsure if we are really witnessing, GASP, a very good NBA basketball team.
We are at the start of one of the best weeks in all of basketball. The actual NCAA tourney is great, everyone knows that, but the conference tourneys can be nearly as entertaining for several reasons.
- Any small major’s conference tourney championship game is a great game to watch for basketball junkies. It carries the same amount of drama as most of the NCAA tourney games, as for most of the small majors getting into the tourney is as good as a Championship for the big boys.
- Games are on all week. The Big East has already started and the other Big Conferences will start as the week goes on.
- The Big East Tourney. The Big East cares about its tourney, really cares. Teams that really have a legit shot at the final four rarely tank in the Big East tourney, refreshing.
- Saturday and Sunday amount to a ton of great basketball, with the big boys going against each other. The NCAA tourney is filled with 1-16, 2-15, 3-14, and 4-13. Outside of maybe one or two close games among these sixteen, these games involve the most interesting teams in the tourney in the most boring games.
If I were allowed to give advice to any coach in charge of a major college basketball program I would put much more emphasis on winning their conference tournament than some of them do. It takes extreme talent, luck, and the proper bracket placement to make a final four. Unless you are a team like Kansas a couple years ago, North Carolina last year, or any other future NBA star-studded team, getting to the final four is really damn tough.
Winning your conference tournament comes down to toughness, execution and good coaching. If the Badgers get a conference tournament championship along with a sweet 16 appearance, I would happily take that.