Friday, March 27, 2009

Villanova plays one for the ages, again

It took 23 years but Villanova may have just played a more entertaining game than they did in the “upset of the century” in the 85’ final vs. Georgetown. The East Regional Final between (1) Pittsburgh and (3) Villanova is already being spoken in same breath as UK/Duke, NC/Georgetown, and NC State/Houston, some of the greatest college tournament games ever. This game not only had lead changes, momentum swings, and high stakes, but it was well played with few mistakes and great fundamentals. Nova answered that amazing shooting night over two decades ago with a similar performance from the line (22/23) that made all the difference in a 78-76 win. The third meeting between the two this year was for all the marbles. It was physical. It was defensive. It was just the way they like it in the Big East. After the game was tied at 30, no team would lead by more than six points the rest of the way. It was duress for the basketball fan and probably heart failure for supporters of the teams. An amazing game but now the rest of the final four is going to have a lot to live up to.

Battle of the Tigers provide plenty of gouging of the nets

After 40 minutes of shredding the nets as well as each other the Tigers from Memphis and Mizzou put up a regulation total of 193 total points as Missouri upset the National Runners Up from last year. Memphis who were winners of 27 straight games was on a mission to meet UCONN and defend their notion that they were snubbed of a number one seed, were derailed on the way to OK corral by a Mizzou team that battled from the opening tip, dominating the first half en route to opening up a 24-point lead (which they almost let slip away). The story of this game, as it was in last year’s finals, was the charity stripe. If Memphis ever learned how to shoot the ball straight, from 15 feet away, with NO ONE in their face, they would have one National Title to their credit and would be on their way to the Elite Eight this year. Let us know your thoughts here and in the NCAA Team Rooms and Chat Rooms

Nova, Big East continue to roll, and roll over anyone that gets in their way

Villanova has looked like a worthy component of the final four after rolling through the ghost of final four’s past (UCLA, DUKE) with 20-point wins in both, they actually got their toughest game from American University in round one where they found themselves down by 14. Nova’ has been one of the many representatives attempting to turn the Elite Eight into the Big East block party, and for good reason. As much as you don’t want to see NCAA hoops circum to the bias we see in the BCS with the SEC, but there is no refuting the conference dominance in the tournament thus far. There is much more to go, but you gotta’ count on The Ville’ taking care of biz-nis’ against Arizona who could not even advance in the Pac-10 tournament, finished 6th in the conference, and are the ONLY representative of the conference left in dance. Cuse’ has their hands full with Griffin and the Sooners in what will be a great game to watch but a tough ticket for the Orange to punch. Either way Nova’ and the East have sent their message and it well received.

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