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Leonard Hamilton believes tournament chaos is sign of ‘revolution’

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Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton thinks the round of NCAA Tournament upsets is simply a sign of things to come — and evidence that college basketball has changed.

Hamilton said after his ninth-seeded Seminoles upset top-seeded Xavier that recruiting rankings and seeds matter less and less as talent spreads out across the country.

“I think what you see happening in college basketball, it’s almost like a revolution,” Hamilton said, via Alex Scarborough of ESPN. “What happens is, you start categorizing people by the reputation that their players get going into college. But in reality, kids are playing basketball all over the country and teams are getting better. Just because maybe they might not be in one particular conference or maybe they’re not considered to be one of the more traditional rich schools, people are playing basketball.

“See, sometimes the team that’s the most talented might not necessarily win the game. It’s the team that’s playing well at that particular time.”

Even if that’s true, few could have seen how crazy this year’s tournament would get. That said, there’s more parity now, so he may have a point.

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