Bumped. Great research. - BN Eds.
The BN moderators and a vast majority of the community have been asking for Coach "Alfraud" to get us a true PG. I have shared the same sentiment. I always view the PG as a coach on the floor. This year, it will be Kyle Anderson. Next year, it will be.....(Crickets)? No, Balford is not the answer. So is it a big deal if we don't have a PG? Can teams win a NC without one?
I went back to 2000 and looked at the rosters for the teams that won a NC and who their PG was and just for my own personal perspective I also included the year of the PG. Here is what I found:
- 2000: MICHIGAN ST: Mateen Cleaves SR. I don't like Izzo and I didn't like Mateen either.
- 2001: Duke: Jayson Williams SO. and Chris Duhon FR. Duke beat UCLA (76-63), USC and Arizona on their way to a National Championship
- 2002:Maryland: Steve Blake JR. Blake still turns the ball over in crunch time playing for the Lakers.
- 2003: Syracuse: Gerry McNamara FR
- 2004:UCONN: Taliek Brown SR.
- 2005: UNC: Raymond Felton JR
- 2006: Florida: Lee Humphrey JR. Humphrey made 4 three pointers in that game. That should have been # 12.
- 2007: Florida: Lee Humphrey SR. I still can't look at Noah without cursing.
- 2008: Kansas: Brandon Rush SR. and Mario Chalmers SR split duties if I remember correctly.
- 2009: UNC: Ty Lawson SR
- 2010: Duke: Nolan Smith Fr.
- 2011: UCONN: Kemba Walker JR was the primary ball handler with 4 forwards on the court. Sound familiar?
- 2012: Kentucky: Marcus Teague FR.
- 2013: Louisville: Peyton Siva SR.
When doing this research a few things popped into my head. First, how important it is to have an experienced backcourt in your lineup. A lot of Jr and Sr Point guards led their teams to a title. Second, where the heck is UCLA on this list?
You see all the other "powerhouse" teams on this list multiple times. CBH did a job of getting us to 3 consecutive FF's. Remember that those 3 teams had stud PG's from Southern California. Also, the last time UCLA won a NC was with Tyus and a very serviceable back up in Cameron Dollar. So, do we really need a point guard at UCLA. I think the above shows just how important it really is. Go Bruins!!