For the first time ever, the NCAA Tournament has been canceled. As a result, we won’t have an official college basketball national champion.
However, at least one analyst thinks Kansas should be declared the champ. ESPN’s Myron Medcalf made this argument on Twitter this afternoon, shortly after the final AP poll of the year was released.
The Jayhawks closed out the season ranked No. 1 in both major polls. Had there been an NCAA Tournament, they likely would have been the No. 1 overall seed in it. Medcalf uses this as the basis of his proposal.
“No. 1 in the final polls. No. 1 in all the metrics that matter. I think Kansas deserves the 2019-2020 national title, and the banner that comes with it, under the current circumstances,” Medcalf wrote. ‘”You never know.”‘ I get it. But someone should get the crown. Kansas deserves it.”
No. 1 in the final polls. No. 1 in all the metrics that matter. I think Kansas deserves the 2019-2020 national title, and the banner that comes with it, under the current circumstances. “You never know.” I get it. But someone should get the crown. Kansas deserves it.
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) March 18, 2020
Look, Kansas was great this year and they may have cut down the nets had the NCAA Tournament been played. However, this idea from Medcalf is a bridge too far.
You can’t declare a national champion under these circumstances. Kansas could put up a banner recognizing being ranked No. 1 in both final polls, but naming them the ‘true’ national champ is out of the question.
Unfortunately, no one will be officially crowned this year.
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