Originally Posted by Euroleague
Italy and Russia beat them. Well, actually, Georgia also beat them.
One of the absolute ELITE college programs of NCAA went 0-3 against the European national teams.
But this forum has claimed for YEARS that ANY NCAA team would beat ANY European team. In fact, MANY people here claim that NCAA Division II is a "higher level than the highest level of European basketball".
You are one of those people.
" college team lost TWELVE games last year.
Furthermore, this is in an era of "one-and-done" players, as well.
I would love to have seen your National teams going up against the UCLA teams of the late 60's to early 70's, or the Tar Heel teams of the early 80's.
Just as an example...
The '69 Bruins had Lew Alcindor, Sidney Wicks, Curtis Rowe, and Steve Patterson. All played in the NBA, and Alcindor and Wicks were great NBA players.
The '72 Bruins had Bill Walton, Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes, Henry Bibby, and Walton's backup (from the Netherlands BTW)...Swen Nater. Walton, Wilkes, and Nater were outstanding NBA players.
The '74 Bruins had Walton, Wilkes, Dave Meyers, Marques Johnson, and Richard Washington. All played in the NBA, and the first four were stars.
How about the NC teams of the early 80's? You know...MJ (their second best player), James Worthy, and Sam Perkins? Or a couple of years later...MJ, Perkins, Brad Daugherty, and Kenny Smith. All NBA stars.
We could carry this even further...
How about Kentucky's rosters in the last few years, and with players playing four years of college, instead only one? Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, ..then Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist,...then Nerlens Noel, and Willie Cauley-Stein...all from just a four year window.
I'm sorry, but those teams had NBA STARS. Unlike the '15 Spartans, with virtually zero NBA talent, and their two tallest players at 6-9 (listed BTW...which means they are probably actually between 6-7 and 6-8.)