To see No. 1 Texas lose Monday wasn't a shock. It was merely a confirmation that there's no dominant college basketball team.
Not that there aren't really, really good teams out there: Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse, Duke and Villanova, for starters. Throw in Michigan State, Tennessee or maybe even BYU.
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|Rick Barnes couldn't get Dexter Pittman and Texas past K-State on Monday.
Texas, despite a 71-62 loss at Kansas State, remains one of them. The Longhorns (17-1) are deep, talented and feature one of the nation's elite players in forward Damion James. They just haven't looked like a really, really good team since they've been No. 1.
There was the sloppy win at Iowa State, Saturday's overtime scare against Texas A&M and now this. The Longhorns weren't favored to win the game, and they lived up to that expectation.
"We definitely played well enough defensively to win this game, but offensively, in the last two games, it's hurt us," Texas coach Rick Barnes said afterward.
On the other hand, the Wildcats (16-2) made their own case as a Final Four contender. The dominated the boards – no team does it better – and forced Texas into a frazzled, incoherent offense. The win cemented the Big 12 as more than a two-team league and sets up a pair of intriguing games against Kansas later this month and in March.
But circle back to the other Wildcats. You know, the ones who reside in Lexington and will almost assuredly occupy the top spot in the polls for the next month or so.
If there's a dominant college hoops team, John Calipari's 18-0 Kentucky squad is the closest thing to it. Kind of.
UK's been really good – John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson provide visual evidence of it on a regular basis – but dominant is a stretch. Even if you discount the early season scares against Miami (Ohio) and Stanford, consider the recent sloppy wins against Georgia and Auburn.
As some Kentucky fans would rightly point out, that's nitpicking. Undefeated is undefeated.
But it's not dominant.
Then again, needs dominance? Even if Kentucky misses out on perfection or the complete and utter crushing of all comers, it'll take a title. That goes for Texas, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Villanova and any other would-be title team out there.
Dominance is overrated. Watching a college basketball season filled with twists and turns is not. With any luck, soon another team will make its case as a Final Four contender, and the season will be even more interesting.
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