March Madness - Final Four Set

Florida v. UCLA, a rematch of last year's Final. A heck of a game on paper.

Georgetown v. Ohio State. Hibbard v. Oden. Tremendous matchup.

Not to brag or anything, but I nailed all 4 Elite Eight games. In addition, I picked 3 out of 4 of the Final Four teams, Florida, UCLA, and Georgetown. I had Texas A&M coming out of the South region, but the miracle Buckeyes survived and then won handily over Memphis in the Regional Final.

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    UCLA is better than they were last year (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Dadler on Sun Mar 25, 2007 at 09:00:12 PM EST
    For two reasons.  First, Darren Collison is more of a pure point guard than Jordan Farmar was.  He's quicker, penetrates more, and isn't called on to score as much as Farmar was.  That's because this year they had Josh Shipp back.  And Afflalo looks possessed.  Best defensive team in the country.

    So bring on yer Gators, Tent.

    Final Score UCLA 61 FLORIDA 57  

    So SEC out the window? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Mar 25, 2007 at 11:07:53 PM EST
    Who's the Vandy fan?

    It would be so unlike you (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by xyz on Sun Mar 25, 2007 at 09:07:25 PM EST
    to brag.  (g)

    I don't like what's happened to you, and I can't even say I like you. I almost respect you.

    All I know is, what the hell is going on?  Oh, and have I said I love Georgetown?

    He** Freezes Over (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Mar 25, 2007 at 11:07:02 PM EST
    And Georgetown MUST not win it all (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Dadler on Sun Mar 25, 2007 at 09:13:16 PM EST
    After that disgrace of an ending to the Vanderbilt game, I just can't swallow them taking it all.  There are times when a ref has to swallow his whistle when the game is on the line, but when Vanderbilt plays perfect D, has the guy triple-teamed beautifully in the post, does EXACTLY what they needed to do, I'm sorry, you don't let a guy take two hopsteps and three gallops to get a shot off to win the game.  Ridiculous.  This wasn't incidental contact, or an extra half step or step on a drive or dunk, this was a guy changing pivot feet more times than Bush has changed his reasons for invading Iraq.  

    Whatever, that's the human element, that's basketball.  It is just THE worst way to lose a game.  Not right.

    Let's go Gators! (none / 0) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sun Mar 25, 2007 at 11:06:38 PM EST
    Dadler (none / 0) (#7)
    by jondee on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 09:26:54 AM EST
    they have to cure that tendency to lapse into incredible sloppiness that they displayed in the first half against Kansas. What was that all about? A little maturity and cool-headedness goes a long way.

    First, Kansas is good, and second... (none / 0) (#9)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 12:17:11 PM EST
    ...Kansas decided to try and up-tempo the game.  UCLA wants to grind it out more, but they'll run if they have to, and well.  But, hey, for as out of sync as they seemed to be, they were UP by four at halftime.  Plus, Afflalo had been in a shooting slump for a few games (and they STILL got to the elite 8) but came out of it in the second half of the Kansas game.  If he stays hot, they will be hard to beat.  And I repeat, Georgetown must NOT win it all.  F*cking five step shuffle, hop and a skip and a hop winning shot bullsh*t.

    And I should add... (none / 0) (#10)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 01:23:40 PM EST
    ...that in the UCLA/KU game there were an NCAA Tournament-record 32 steals.

    12 in a game would be a lot.

    32 is unheard of at this level and tells you the superior level of defense being played by both teams -- Kansas had 17 of them, by the way, which had much to do with that sluggish Bruin start.  "I can't remember a game I've ever been in where there's been 32 steals," said UCLA coach Ben Howland.


    Yesterday.... (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 11:04:53 AM EST
    was the 1st time in my life I rooted for the Hoyas...being a life-long St. Johns fan, it wasn't easy, but the Big East gotta be represented in the Final Four, and the comeback against NC plus the overtime dominance was something to watch.

    Go Hoyas!