Consensus All-Americans: Garza, Toppin and more show us how unexpected became the norm

If you want to get an idea what we all lost with the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament, you can watch the replays of prior tournaments on CBS Sports or the CBS Sports Network.

Or you can invest just a few moments of your time and take a look at this list:

These are the five members of this year’s consensus All-America men’s basketball team. That became complete when the National Association of Basketball Coaches joined Sporting News, the Associated Press and United States Basketball Writers Association — the four organizations used to determine into the NCAA’s official consensus team — in releasing its list of honored players.

We had told you all season this was an extraordinary year in college basketball, given the number of teams to ascend to the top of the polls (a record-seven) and the number of upsets that routinely were taking place.

The list of first-team All-Americans might be even more dramatic evidence of how uncommon this past season was.

Here’s why: Garza is Iowa’s first consensus first-teamer since Charles Darling in 1952. Powell is Seton Hall’s first since Walter Dukes in 1953. Pritchard is Oregon’s first since John Dick in 1940. Toppin is Dayton’s first … ever. Only Howard had a recent predecessor from his school: Dwyane Wade, in 2003.

Garza has been named Player of the Year by a number of media organizations, including Sporting News, ESPN and Stadium. Toppin was chosen Player of the Year by the AP. Neither school ever produced a national player of the year, either.

Almost nothing about this season was expected, so of course the list of All-Americans is uncommon, as well.

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Kansas, the No. 1 team in the final AP poll as well as the computer ratings at KenPom.com, placed two players on the consensus second team: center Udoka Azubuike and point guard Devon Dotson. Azuibuike narrowly missed being a consensus first teamer; he was named to the first team by the USBWA and NABC.

It’s possible having two such players would have allowed Kansas to mow through the 2020 edition of March Madness and claimed six easy victories for the school’s fourth NCAA championship.

The Jayhawks would not have been easy for anyone to beat — but the way this season had developed, the unexpected seemed almost inevitable.

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