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Every year, there's much talk about whether the best team in college football or basketball would be able to beat an NFL or NBA team. As the NCAA tournament kicks into high gear on Thursday, a comment from Southern Methodist Coach Larry Brown leads us to our annual discussion.
"I don't want to put pressure on [Kentucky Coach]
Surely Brown was joking, but it gets us talking.
The SMU coach is in the unique position of being the only person to have led a team to a national championship (Kansas in 1988) and an NBA title (
Kentucky is expected to produce another five-player batch of NBA-ready players with Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson all projected to be first-round draft picks.
But based on that, they'd be five deep going against fully developed professional athletes with full 13-player rosters. It just wouldn't be fair, even in the East, where three potential playoff teams are .500 or worse -- Milwaukee (34-34), Miami (31-36) and Boston (30-37).
"But I think in order for somebody to beat Kentucky, Kentucky has to play as poorly as they can possibly play, and somebody else has to play great because they defend so well," Brown said. "They rebound the ball so well, and he's got them playing as a team. It's going to be a test for anybody."
Anybody, except an NBA team.