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Elite Eight Thread
Posted 24 March 2012 - 08:43 AM
West Regional Final--Louisville vs. Florida 4:30 CBS
East Regional Final--Ohio State vs. Syracuse 7:05 CBS
South Regional Final--Baylor vs. Kentucky 2:20 CBS
Midwest Regional Final--Kansas vs. North Carolina 5:05 CBS
Louisville/Florida has the Pitino/Donovan storyline, but these are also 2 exciting teams to watch because they get up and down the floor. As you can imagine, they play similar styles and both love to shoot the 3. The key to me is Dieng. If he controls the lane like he did against Michigan State, then Florida won't get any interior scoring and will have to rely on the 3. I like Louisville in a close one.
The East final is where you will see if Syracuse really misses Fab Melo. Will Christmas and/or Keita be able to stop Sullinger? Aaron Craft on either Scoop Jardine or Dion Waiters is an exciting matchup as well. Can Craft penetrate into that zone and make the smart decisions or get to the basket? Is Sullinger going to be knocking down those high post jump shots to force the Cuse bigs out?
Baylor/Kentucky should be a track meet. These are the two most athletic teams in the tournament and the level of play should be really high. The key for me is whether Baylor will rise to the occasion or not. In their 5 meetings with Kansas and Missouri(two highly ranked teams) they did not play well in 4 of them. They most definitely have the talent to stay with Kentucky, but do they have the mental toughness to stay with things when adversity hits?
Kansas doesn't look pretty, but they find ways to win. They made 1 three pointer last night and were absolutely terrible from the line and still beat a very hot NC State team. Jeff Withey controlled the lane last night, especially early, for the Jayhawks with his 10 blocks and needs to play even better tomorrow. UNC committed 24 turnovers last night without Kendall Marshall, but Stilman White did not have any. That is how bad the rest of the team played. Harrison Barnes choked for 40 minutes, but redeemed himself in OT. If he has another performance like that, they will lose and lose big. Same goes for Tyshawn Taylor. This game is going to come down to which frontline outplays the other. Robinson/Withey vs. Zeller/Henson.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 06:38 PM
Posted 24 March 2012 - 08:08 PM
Also, maybe STOP TURNING IT OVER.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 08:15 PM
It's like watching an ump give 8 inches off the outside corner, then suddenly squeeze the other pitcher. It is just maddening.
And it's not like Ohio St needs the help. What a great team, DeShaun Thomas is a monster and he's the third more important guy on the floor. OSU looks championship ready, the Orange are playing frazzled. What a difference Melo would have made.
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