Saturday, March 29, 2008

My Thoughts On The Sweet 16

The Sweet 16 can really be summed up by one word...blowout. There was only one game decided by single digits in the round of 16 (Xaviers overtime win over West Virginia 79-75) and many of them weren't close at all. Here is what caught my eye in the Sweet 16.

  • We will start with the Cinderella Davidson who took Wisconsin behind the woodshed in the second half and torched the Badgers 73-56. Stephen Curry went off again scoring 31 points in the game and now has 103 points scored in 3 tournament games. It was his teammates who helped him out today by scoring early and allowing Curry to get looks in the second half. Let me say to all those people who think KU is going to run over Davidson you are in for a wake up call starting right now. This team has gone toe to toe with Duke, UCLA, and UNC in the regular season. Yes Kansas is beating teams by an average of 20 points per game the best margin in the NCAA but it won't happen in this game. Jayhawk fans better be ready for a nail biter on Sunday.
  • Speaking of Kansas they had themselves a good game against a team they should of beat in Villanova to move into the Elite eight. Kansas's defense tonight was great and is one of the most underrated part of this teams game. They are more known for there high octane scoring but this team can very much win games in the 50's and 60's. Curry will get his points but you can bet there will be a couple Jayhawks hassling him all night on Sunday.
  • Texas used at 20-3 run to pull away from Stanford which shows that even though having big men is good having a good core of guards is just a little bit better. D.J Augustin was his normal self today as he scored 23 points to lead the Longhorns. The Big 12 is the only conference that has two teams left in the tournament and i think they will have two in the final four as well.
  • Xavier got luck Joe Alexander fouled out in the first minute of overtime cause if he played the full five minutes i think Xavier is going home. Josh Duncan played the game of his life and in foul trouble none the less scoring a career high 26 points. He played with four fouls for half of the second half. Duncan is going to need that kind of effort if he is going to be UCLA.
  • Western Ketucky's Cinderella bid is over thanks to UCLA but not without a fight. After being down 41-20 at half, the hilltoppers climbed back to cut the lead to four but couldn't get int any closer. Kevin Love's 29 points was a killer for Western Kentucky.
  • UNC rolled despite not scoring 100 points for the first time in this tournament. It was amazing that Tyler Hansbrough was held to only 2 points in the first half.
  • Probably the biggest surprise of the tournament was how bad Louisville beat Tennessee. The Vol's, who never lead in the game, shot a horrid 33 percent for the game and 25 percent from three point land. It is the second straight impressive blowout in as many games for the Cardinals. Something tells me they won' do that against UNC.
  • Drew Neitzel ends his Spartan career with only three point in a blowout loss to Memphis. What a bad way to end a great career.
Elite Eight Picks
UNC over Louisville-Tarheels have the best transition game in the country. Louisville has to cut down on the turnovers (19 against Tennessee) if the want to keep it close.

UCLA over Xavier-This one will be very close in fact I think this goes to overtime but Kevin Love will be too much for Xavier and will get Josh Duncan in four trouble again.

Texas over Memphis-Impressive performance by Memphis as they were up as much as 30 against Michigan State but the guard play of Texas will be too much.

Kansas over Davidson-I am rooting for the Wildcats but at the end of the day there is too much talent on this team as KU is on a mission and will meet UNC in the final four which could be the game over the decade.

Enjoy the next few days of basketball guys talk to you again on Sunday.

1 comment:

Ryan said...

Good call on the Davidson vs. Kansas matchup!