The Final Four
Will Favorite Kentucky End the 14-year Drought?: My HoopSmack bracket hopes so. My bracket hopes that Anthony Davis is OK. The road won’t be easy with all the heavyweights locked in. Their first test will be against in-state rival Louisville which will have the intensity set to the max. Another fun fact about this match up is that this is the first time these bitter rivals have actually met in the Final Four in the 43 total match ups. Assuming the Wildcats get by Seattle native Peyton Siva and the Louisville Cardinals, they still have to deal with either Ohio State or Kansas. Not exactly a walk in the park considering both teams have big men who dominate the paint and heaps of tournament experience.
I thought it was interesting that after the Wildcats dismantled Baylor, their celebration wasn’t what you would consider a celebration. They had the smiles, clapping, and everything else but it was….muted. Does this team have something on their mind? Are they thinking about the ultimate prize? That’s a good thing right? Not getting caught up in the moment. Maintaining focus. Showing poise. Maybe Calipari will finally get that championship trophy that will be taken away in a few years due to some type of recruiting violation…shout out to Derrick Rose.
Rematch Between Buckeyes and Jayhawks: For many of you I’m sure you remember the December 10th matchup between Ohio State and Kansas. I know Jared Sullinger definitely remembers. He was sitting on the bench in street clothes that last time these two met. While the Buckeyes were still solid and executing their game plan in that game, it was obvious they could have used Sullinger’s presence against Player of the Year candidate Thomas Robinson. Nobody expected this year’s Kansas team to be in the Final Four but Robinson’s play and the improvement of Tyshawn Taylor have proved to be the difference.
Won’t be seeing a “VCU” This Time: A 1-seed, 2- seed, 2-seed, and a 4-seed. Where’s the underdog? Where’s this years “Butler”? Well the Bobcats of Ohio would have been the closest team to a Butler or VCU but the top seeded teams pretty much held their ground after those initial 2-seed shockers of Duke and Missouri.
It should be interesting if Kentucky will see any challenge as they haven’t had a tournament opponent come within 10 points. How will the Wildcat freshman respond if they find themselves in a close match up with Rick Pitino’s boys breathing down their necks? We’ll have to wait until March 31st…
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