The Final Four That Could Have Been

Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls
I've got Louisville, UConn, UCLA and North Carolina in my Final Four. But my, oh my, things could be different.

UCLA: If Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were still in school, I wouldn't be going on a limb in putting the Bruins in their fourth consecutive Final Four.

Kansas: Julian Wright, Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers could be seniors. Darrell Arthur should be a junir. Imagine how dominant the reigning champs could have been.

Ohio State: Greg Oden would be a 20-10 guy. Mike Conley, Jr., should be an All-American point guard. Daequan Cook should be lining up threes on the wing. Team them with Kosta Koufos and tOSU should be a national title contender.

Memphis: Last year's runner-up lost only three games. After losing to Kansas last year, they lost the No. 1 overall pick and probable NBA Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts. Imagine the three-guard line-up of D-Rose, CDR and Tyreke Evans. They'd probably be my favorites.

Other Impact Players:
  • Kevin Durant and DJ Augustin should be juniors at Texas.
  • Jerryd Bayless should be a sophomore and Marcus Williams should be a senior at Arizona. Think Lute Olson would have stuck around to coach that? They sure would have made Russ Purnell's job a lot easier.
  • Michael Beasley and Bill Walker should be sophomores at Kansas State ... they still want to beat Kansas anywhere and everywhere.
  • DeAndre Jordan could be a 6-11 sophomore center for Texas A&M.