Colin Cowherd is known for having anti-Kentucky takes, and sure enough, he came firing with another one on Tuesday, the day after the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
While the game between North Carolina and Gonzaga — a 71-65 win by the Tar Heels — was thought by many to be lackluster, Cowherd isn’t ruling out this North Carolina group from an historical perspective. In fact, the Fox Sports radio host went as far as saying that this Tar Heels group would beat the 2012 Kentucky team — which also won a national title — during Tuesday’s “The Herd” show.
“The story of the one-and-done and Anthony Davis is more interesting than the story of a bunch of guys who have been around and probably won’t be stars in the NBA,” Cowherd said on the show. “Why don’t you look at [North Carolina’s] numbers? 360 Division I teams, first in rebounding, fourth in assists. … I think they’re a lot better than you think.”
This North Carolina Championship team would beat the 2012 Anthony Davis led Kentucky Championship team pic.twitter.com/KA5CuvhFst
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 4, 2017
Cowherd listed all of the areas that this year’s Carolina squad was better than the ’12 Kentucky team in, as follows — coaching (Roy Williams over John Calipari), maturity, rebounding, passing, points, size and depth.
For those who don’t remember, Kentucky won the NCAA Tournament in 2012 with a win over Kansas in the championship game, capping a 38-2 season. While Cowherd believes that team couldn’t beat this year’s group of Tar Heels, nobody will really ever know.