If the college game is down, how is it down?
Well, one can certainly make the case that compared with the 90's, even though players could skip college then and head to the NBA, it is, at least from the standpoint of the number of quality contenders at the top.
Just off the top of my head, Cases in point:
All failed to win the Championship, but can one really suggest with a straight face that any of the three would not beat the '10 Blue Devils, '11 Huskies, and have a much better chance of knocking off the '12 Wildcats than any other '12 healthy team?
Can Wildcats fans suggest with a straight face that, compared with the '12 Wildcats, the '96 Wildcats were not the superior team, awesome as Davis is/was?
It's difficult to quantify, but it's certainly debatable, no?
It's also difficult, if not impossible, to compare pre-three point shot, no shot clock era teams to present rule teams. Although, some teams from the previous era may actually benefit from today's rules--the Alcindor and Walton UCLA and Elvin Hayes/Don Chaney Houston teams come to mind.