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NBA Set To Compete With The College Game On A Big Scale

College basketball - can it wake up in time?

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NCAA Basketball: Jimmy V Classic-Florida vs Duke
Dec 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski talks to players during second half against Florida Gators at Madison Square Garden. The Duke Blue Devils defeated the Florida Gators 84-74.
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Ed Hardin has a story which starts by talking about how the draft breaks dreams and moves on to discuss how the NBA is about to change and the potential consequences for the college game.

It may well change enormously. However, there is one advantage that colleges have over professional teams and it’s this; they don’t move very often.

In fact, the only college team we can think of that has moved in the last 50 years is Wake Forest, which is no longer anywhere near Wake Forest.

Generally speaking though, Dayton is still in Dayton, UNC is still in Chapel Hill, Maryland is still in riot country and BYU isn’t going anywhere.

The NBA may have incredibly ambitious plans and the NCAA might have trouble competing, but the NBA can’t generate the kid of multi-generational loyalty that colleges can. Things may change - will change - but Memphis people will love Memphis and Kentucky people Kentucky.

That’s going to be hard to erase.

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