Jason Whitlock explains why he wouldn’t be shocked if every 1 and 2 seed misses the Final Four

Chris Broussard and Jason McIntyre join Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock to discuss what to expect from the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

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- Whitlock, is it bad for the tournament this year that there are no dominant teams?

- Yeah. I watched a lot of college basketball this season, and I was disappointed a lot of times. Teams that I thought, oh, I'm gonna sit in, and Xavier is really gonna put on a show, and blah. And so there's a lot of good teams who, on any given Saturday, or they play every night of the week, can look like a bad team. And so we're gonna see true parity here. And I wouldn't be surprised if there are no one or two seeds--

- Oh, no.

- --in the Final Four. I wouldn't be shocked at all.

- I think this is being totally overplayed. Have you noticed who the one, two, three, four and five seeds are? Duke, Michigan State, Villanova. In the last 15 years, you've gotta have an elite coach and an NBA player. 50 teams in this tournament don't have either. It's gonna be the big dog. Gonzaga is good, Duke, Villanova.

- Upset city, baby. The big brands and the big-- I'm telling you, I wouldn't be surprised if the top eight seeds, none of them make it to the Final Four.

- Let me ask you this, Jason. So you say-- you keep talking about parity. And I think you're right. But that's the beauty of this tournament. All we care about is the final two minutes of a game between Georgia State and Texas Tech. And then everybody's glued to their television for drama in the final seconds.

- You know what--

- What do we remember? Bryce Drew. Remember him?

- --it's the beauty for the first two weeks.

- Yes.

JASON WHITLOCK: No, first week.

- Or maybe more so the first week, but somewhat the second week. But once you get to the Elite Eight and certainly the Final Four, you want recognizable teams. If you don't have the recognizable Goliaths-- Duke, Kansas, all that-- then you'd better have recognizable players. Trae Young-- well, Duke, Bagley's from Duke--

- Bagley.

- --but if you get an Ayton, DeAndre, Ayton or Colin Sexton, you gotta have some of these guys that are going to the next level. If you don't have that or Goliaths--

JASON WHITLOCK: Let me just--

- --then it's really gonna be a mess.

- --the only name that matters in all of-- there's two, Trae Young and Bagley. I don't think people--

- DeAndre Ayton--

- --again, no, I think he's a great player, but I don't think people are really in tune with him. He plays out here on the West Coast, I don't think the people in the East have seen him play a lot.

- Well, if they saw Saturday night what he did to UCLA, I mean, he was unbelievable. He's unstoppable. But let me say this about Arizona. We talk about Sean Miller a lot. He's embroiled in a situation. This is a guy who's come up empty in the NCAA tournament many, many times.

I know we like DeAndre Ayton, Broussard. I'm telling you, be careful with Arizona, OK? They don't have an easy draw, either. That Kentucky game--


- --in the second round could be.

- --I think this is one of these things in sports that's fairly bulletproof. Baseball is down, but people watch the World Series. This is like Starbucks. Binghamton, Beijing, Boise. The brand carries it. I don't watch this for-- I don't watch college basketball for stars. I watch the NBA for stars. I watch-- Coach K is a star. Calipari is a star. Kansas basketball.

JASON WHITLOCK: I'm not tuning in to watch Bill Self, Coach K.

COLIN COWHERD: You're not gonna watch-- if Kansas is playing--

- Oh, no, no, I'm gonna watch-- I'm from Kansas City. Of course I'm gonna watch Kansas.

- --well so, I'm not [INAUDIBLE].

- But I'm not watching Bill Self. I'm watching Devonte' Graham. I'm watching--

COLIN COWHERD: Could I make this argument. College basketball now is a three-week sport. It's just about the bracket.

- It is. And to me, eventually, that's going to wear a bit thin. Every-- the gambling bracket, you're right. That's what it's really about. And it's really great the first weekend. We've seen some Final Fours in recent years and we've seen some championship games that are like, oh my god. The product was embarrassing.

COLIN COWHERD: Yeah, but Butler Yukon [INAUDIBLE].

- Yeah. It was embarrassing. And so I think we're headed toward not just one game, I think when people get to this Elite Eight and the big brands and some of the best coaches just, you know, get knocked out, upset, they're gonna be looking at it and go, man, this-- the quality of play is really not good, it's not that televisable. It's not that exciting.

- Well, this is where it's been going for years, though, because the best-- the real talent in the tournament are all freshmen, for the most part, who don't mesh with their teammates because they're one-and-done. And then you've got all these mid-majors with juniors and seniors who might be better teams, or can at least challenge those teams. And that's where the tournament is. It's getting worse and worse every year in that regard.

- Years ago, there was this sense that Michael Jordan in Utah against the Jazz was gonna be a really poor rated final. And it ended up being the most highly rated final.

JASON WHITLOCK: It had Jordan.

- Because we all worried about market size. But why it was great is Jordan got sick, and Jordan was getting old, and it was the storyline. Listen, man, if Coach Calipari gets bounced from the first round again, I'm watching for the story. If Coach K can win another--

- You want him deeper.

- --man, I'm telling you--


- --no, I'm not saying you're not right. But guys, last year Gonzaga played Carolina. There were almost no great NBA players. It was one of the best college games I've ever seen.

- [INAUDIBLE] South Carolina was in the Final Four last year.

- It was fantastic.

- Oregon.


- I don't know any of their players.

- [INAUDIBLE] super competitive. It's not so much about the brand it is as about the final two minutes of the game. Is there drama? Is somebody gonna hit a game-winner? And in college basketball, that's where we are.

- I have my position mostly because I really love college basketball.


- And I want it to be fixed. And I think we're out a time right now in basketball where people are realizing, hey, this system, from the selection committee to this, college basketball isn't as healthy as it should be, and they need to fix it.

- That I agree with.


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