By LARRY VAUGHT
Mark Wiedmer of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has already conceded the 2018 national basketball championship to Duke.
Wiedmer has regularly covered Southeastern Conference basketball, including Kentucky, during his career. He’s not one to normally make outlandish statements just to get page views.
But’s he all-in with Duke.
Here’s what he had in the lead of a column this week after Marvin Bailey committed to the Blue Devils.
“Take Duke. Only Duke. In every bracket. And when it comes to that nettlesome tiebreaker, where you have to pick the score? Pick the Blue Devils big. Like 15 to 17 points big. Something along the lines of 83-67. At the very least,” Wiedmer wrote.
He wrote that Duke “is loaded” like never before with the addition of Bagley. Wiedmer thinks he’s the best player to come into college basketball since UK’s Anthony Davis in 2011 — and UK won the 2012 national title.
Wiedmer did not that Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Arizona could all beat Duke on a given night.
However, Wiedmer like many others is giving the title to Duke already.
“Actually, barring injury, that race may now only be for who finishes second,” Wiedmer wrote to conclude his column.