With our mini-NBA Finals tournament over and the actual NBA Finals tied at 2-2, we decided to go back and finish our 30-team tournament of all time-great teams. The following are the match-ups and ratings each team has among our all-time 136 great teams in the Value Add Basketball Game.
#7 UCLA 1967 vs winner of #46 DePaul 1980 and #74 Holy Cross 1950.
#22 North Carolina 1998 vs. winner of #44 Michigan State 2000 and #65 Maryland 1984.
#3 Duke 2001 and #5 Baylor 2021 - in what looks like the marque though we aren't quite sure Baylor was really that good.
#8 Kansas 1997 vs winner of #28 Houston 1983 and #43 Jacksonville 1970.
The following were the movements of the four teams in our mini-tournament of teams with a player in this year's NBA Finals:
Florida 2006 surged from #83 to #62 for winning the tournament with a 84-78 win over Davidson 2008 and a 80-72 win over Oregon 2017.
Oregon dropped from #28 to #38 after losing that game but drilling Michigan State 2006 by a 84-69 margin.
Davidson dropped from #90 to #103 with the loss above, and Michigan State dropped from what was a shocking #25 due to the biggest upset of our 182 games to date (stunned Indiana 1976) to #44.
As for the overall Top 25 - UCLA 1972 won our first 96 team tournament but Kansas nudged ahead on points after destroying 4 other great Big 12 teams in conference play.
Below are the updated standings based on the teams starting plus or minus rating (counts as 3 games) and then the game score from each game played (all listed here, along with the ratings of all 136 teams on the 2nd sheet). We calculate this like www.kenpom.com does, EXCEPT we add +5 to the team that wins and subtract -5 from the team that loses each game.
|4||North Carolina 2005||4||2||13.3|
|19||North Carolina 1982||5||1||8.8|
|22||North Carolina 1998||2||0||7.4|
|23||NC State 1989||1||0||6.7|
|24||NC State 1974||1||1||6.4|
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