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The Round Mound of Rebound… Sir Charles… Chuck… No matter the nickname you prefer, Charles Barkley’s playing and television career has spawned dozens of great quotes, commentary, and hilarious moments. To honor one of the greatest power forwards of all-time and look forward to his coverage of March Madness, we will pay homage to several of his best catch phrases in this weekly installment reviewing some of the top anecdotes and stories from around the game of college basketball, What Would Charles Say?
Let Me Tell You Something… The Final Four is set, and to say that we’re thrilled with the matchups would be an understatement. Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville and Ohio State are four of the most regal programs in the sport, collectively boasting 13 national championships and 49 Final Four appearances. What’s more is that all four of these teams this year would make for worthy national champions — each team has already won 30 or more games, each is led by an outstanding coach, and each has legitimate NBA talent up and down the roster. Oh, and one of the semifinal games — we won’t tell you which one — just happens to represent one of the bitterest rivalries in the entire sport. The last time a Final Four was this star-studded was 2008 (with Kansas, Memphis, UCLA, and North Carolina), and you certainly remember how that one ended — with KU’s Mario Chalmers hitting a massive 3 to send the game to overtime (where the Jayhawks eventually won the game). It wouldn’t surprise us to see a similar ending like that one in Monday night’s championship game. (more…)