Sunday, April 6, 2008

My Thoughts On The Final Four

Now two remain. Memphis and (Kansas) are left to fight for the 2008 National Championship. Here is what I thought of Saturday's action.

  • For the second year in a row my champion falls in the semifinals as UCLA loses to Memphis. Last year I had Georgetown winning it all and they fell to Ohio State.

  • Lets start with UCLA. One thing it seemed like many of their players had butterfingers in today's games. They have too many rebounds slip through their hands leading to second chance opportunities for Memphis. Also UCLA wasn't committed to getting Kevin Love the basketball. The Bruins had Joey Dorsey and Shawn Taggart both had 3 fouls in the early portion of the second half and they were more worried about trying to get back into the game by way of the three pointer.

  • The critics (including me) can shut up about Memphis's free throw shooting ability. They make the free throws when they count stepping up and making 20-23 from the charity strike to put UCLA away. Derrick Rose scores 25 points the tigers and was giving Darren Collison fits on the defensive end. Collison would end up only scoring 2 points and fouling out in the final minutes of the game. Also loved Joey Dorsey's stat line. Zero points 15 rebounds.
  • Also congratulations to Memphis for winning their 38th game this season, the most ever in one season in Division 1 basketball.
  • Kansas let Tyler Hansbrough score 17 points but made him earn every single one of them as the Jayhawk defense propelled Bill Self into the championship game. The Jayhawks at one point in the first half were up 40-12 over the Tar Heels. It was just the third time this season that North Carolina was held under 70 points.

  • The player who impressed me the most was Cole Aldrich off the bench for Kansas. In 16 minutes he scored 8 points, grabbed down 7 rebounds, and had four blocked shots. I would expect Aldrich to player more minutes Monday against Memphis.

  • The stat that really hurt North Carolina, 5-24 from three point land. It looked to me that UNC was trying to get back into the game with one shot instead of using their great transition game to get them easy points.

One game remains. Tune in tomorrow for an in-depth championship preview as Memphis takes on Kansas for the 2008 National Championship.

1 comment:

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