It's March and right now it's tough to focus on baseball. Spring training is winding down. Opening day starters aren't playing as much to give the young kids one last shot at a roster spot. And it's the opening day of the NCAA Tournament.
So if the Mets were a team in the bracket of 65 which college team best represents them? Interesting question. The Mets are a team favored to win so they'd probably be a #1 or #2 seed.
They have the best pitcher in baseball which is comparable to having the top point guard in the nation. The Mets are a team built to put up runs and predicated on speed, so we're looking at an up tempo West Coast style of play if we were translating it to basketball.
But the Mets right now are older, so you'd expect some seniors on the roster with some stud freshman/sophomores to represent Wright/Reyes.
I think that narrows the Mets down to being compared to either #1 seed UCLA or #1 seed Kansas. UCLA is known for its lockdown defense which is not the Mets forte. Kansas on the other hand is a senior laden roster with a few younger guys that have proven to be big time players like Darrell Arthur.
So there you have it. As much as I dislike the Kansas Jayhawks, I think that's the best representation of the Mets in the NCAA Tournament. Plus Kansas has had to deal with some injuries this year.
I picked UCLA, UNC, Georgetown & Texas in my final four. I hope that's not a sign of what's to come in the Mets season.
It's just an analogy, right?