I just got off the phone with Tuck and he's optimistic that it's a good hire (though he says it may be related to an enormous plunge (even when compared to comparable schools) in the value of UVa's endowment during the course of the past year).
Bennett is young (39) and should be hungry, and according to the Daily Progress his style is disciplined and focused on defense (a disciplined UVa team? I will believe it when I see it).
Match-ups for the Final Four, which is this coming Saturday/Monday:
- Villanova (3) vs. UNC (1)
- Michigan State (2) vs. UConn (1)
Wilbon's concern is misguided -- this year's tournament did lack in upsets during the first two rounds, but there were a bunch of close games/great finishes, and the fact that a #2 and a #3 made it to the Final Four means that, at the very least, twelve teams (seeds 1-3 in each region) have a legit chance at making it to the Final Four -- this in stark contrast to the pathetic excuse for a postseason that is college football's BCS.
Fun that we got to see two of the Final Four teams last weekend in Philadelphia. I had a hunch after watching UConn absolutely destroy A&M that they'd have a shot, but I think I discounted Villanova's chances after they struggled against American. At this point I like UConn over Villanova in the final.