Saturday, March 21, 2009

Top Seeds adhere to warning and take care of business in round two

The big dogs flexed their muscle on Saturday after many were pushed to the limit over the preceding two days. Memphis (down 6 with 6 to Cal State Nortridge the ‘red headed’ stepchild to UCLA and USC) came back and looked like the school one ‘hail mary 3’ away from a National Championship and poised get back, as they disposed of Maryland in a game that was not as close as the score. Oklahoma battled with Clemson, never really enforced their will or superiority down low before pulling out a 3-point win. However, despite Michigan playing their best game of the year, looked like a team that spent most of the season in the top five with a double digit win. Lastly, Villanova should have been watching round two from a hotel room after being down 14 points to mighty American University but outscored the Eagles by 27 in the second half and then made UCLA, the three-time Final Four participants, look soft inside and slow on the perimeter, never trailing the entire game and rolling to a 20-point win. The jury is still out to see how Pittsburgh responds after being tested by ETSU. The flip side has been the dominance of top seeds North Carolina and UCONN with impressive wins in both preliminary contest looking worthy to take their respective regions. Will Memphis get their day in hoops court to vindicate their #2 seeding by taking out UCONN, with Lawson back can anyone knock off NC? Who has looked the best after two games? Let us know here and in NCAA chat rooms.

14 comments:

was385 said...

This man-to-man defense is really going to help Price when he slides over to the 2. Being able to come off the pick and get a good look with Kemba at the point should make for a big day. Purdue just does not match up well with UCONN and it would take a near flawless game for them to pull the upset.

daytrader said...

I don't even know why Purdue is going to show up. Maybe they should just stay in Indiana and start practicing for next year and work on recruiting. Better yet, all the teams left in other conferences should just stay home and let the Big East battle it out, because they are so inferior. If they call now, maybe they can still get a refund on their plane tickets.

Hmmm. Maybe not just yet. I have a better idea, maybe they should show up at game time. Because while the Big East may be a superior conference THIS year, every big gun misfires some of the time. And that is why they play the game.

Now I am not naive enough to sit here and say that Purdue is just as talented, matches up well and will beat UConn. I am going to say this though. While talent, experience and size may be UConn's strength, forward looking, lack of focus and over-confidence could be their biggest weakness on Thursday.

A Chattanooga, a Texas A&M; Purdue is not. Mark my words, UConn better come out firing on all cylinders Thursday night. If they do not play their A game and have an off night, a good game by Purdue will beat them.

ctw said...

I am hoping that UConn can get some turnovers and get into the unstoppable transistion game they love to run. I would like to see Kemba Walker put up 15 and 5 and AJ put up 20 and 8. And if Stanley and Jeff can get about 15 apiece this game is won by 10+ no matter how good Purdue plays. I have watched Kramer for a while and that kid has got some guts but I just dont see them pulling this one out.

baseballberry7 said...

kramer is going to lock down price. hummel on robinson. let thebeet get his points which is about 22 at the most. moore and adrien are just going to go back and forth all game if that is how they choose to match up. we help so good on defense though, we wont block uconns shots but we'll draw the charges. boilers win by 3

kiddersa said...

"I am not sure if the low scoring games I saw in the Big Ten this year are because the teams have great defenses or crappy offenses. Can any Big Ten fan comment on that?

UConn's offense is oriented in the paint and my impression of Purdue is that their offense is oriented on the perimeter. If that is correct, I would expect UConn to make many more trips to the foul line during the game than the Boilermakers. That has been the norm for UConn for a couple of years now."

The B10 is definitely stronger definsively, but they are not bad offensively. Part of the low scoring is just the teams' styles, part of it is the officiating. MSU and Purdue, especially, have shown that they can turn on the transition offense and light it up with anybody.

willumcubs said...

the big10 is definitely stronger defensively than offensively, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the offenses are stagnant. typically, big10 teams focus much more heavily on defense than their tournament opponents, forcing the score down, however there have been games in recent years where big10 teams go off and score 90+ points, especially against weaker opponents, which is something of an offensive explosion compared to what we're used to.

most teams use strong post play to establish their perimeter shooting. however purdue is pretty much the exact opposite. they use hummel and moore to demand the attention of opposing defenses and create opportunities for jj inside. johnson also poses a threat from the 15-18 ft range, creating chances for hummel and moore to drive to the basket or for calasan to (hopefully not f*** up) cut in for an easy basket. every player is fairly diverse in how they can score, a perfect example being the warshington game. 5 3pters in the first half, but when brockman stepped up his post play in the second half, so did purdue.

this game is going to be hard, but if all of purdue's pieces click, then maybe the boilers pull off the upset. we're tougher than chattanooga and a&m

cboo918 said...

Here's what I love about this game: regardless of who wins, they will be prepared to face off with Memphis. According to Kenpom, UCONN and Purdue boast top 5 defenses (UCONN 3, Purdue 5), and Memphis is the number 1. I think UCONN has the edge (I hope being a UCONN fan) because they are very efficient on offense. The only other times Purdue has faced a team with offenses as efficient as UCONN (Duke & Oklahoma), the Boilers Lost. I think UCONN wins a low scoring affair, 68-57.

cboo918 said...

Here's what I love about this game: regardless of who wins, they will be prepared to face off with Memphis. According to Kenpom, UCONN and Purdue boast top 5 defenses (UCONN 3, Purdue 5), and Memphis is the number 1. I think UCONN has the edge (I hope being a UCONN fan) because they are very efficient on offense. The only other times Purdue has faced a team with offenses as efficient as UCONN (Duke & Oklahoma), the Boilers Lost. I think UCONN wins a low scoring affair, 68-57.

Go UCONN 13 said...

What is with these people?? When they kept saying, they have no Dyson, Uconn have no chance beating Purdue or Texas A&M, etc.

Come on, Dyson was hurted 6 weeks ago, and this is a different Uconn team!!

Yes they are playing well, and yes Purdue is a great team. But think Purdue need to play so perfectly to order to beat Uconn. If Johnson is ever into a foul trouble, this game is done within 5 minutes left of the first half!!

I predicted that Uconn will win by 10 points, but you know anything could happen between these two clubs!!

Go Huskies

WayneomacMSU said...

"purdue barley survived there first two games of the tourny beating northern iowa by only 5 and washington by two. uconn on the other hand beat chattenoga by 56 points and texas am by 26. i think uconn is playing the best of any team in the tourny and purdue doesnt stand a chance agianst this power house. ".

Your comparing apples to fishsticks here with a 16 seed v a 1 and a 5 seed beating a 4. Purdue is a good team and I wouldn't overlook them.

Thabeet should never be overlooked he is a sick sick individual.

"Yes they are playing well, and yes Purdue is a great team. But think Purdue need to play so perfectly to order to beat Uconn. If Johnson is ever into a foul trouble, this game is done within 5 minutes left of the first half!!"

That is with UCONN playing a perfect game too, were not talking about some ciderella. UofM didn't play a perfect game and they kept it close and this is a way better big ten team then Michigan. Just saying.

kiddersa said...

Purdue will have to play a great game to win this one.

Thabeet doesn't bother me too much. Price scares the hell out of me. JJ will get his points, but Robbie, E'twaun, and Grant are going to have to shoot the lights out if they want to win.

I expect it to be a pretty competitive game. The Boilers aren't going to get blown out like the Huskies were able to do in the first weekend. Hopefully they can pull it out.

As for this conference blather...yes, the BEast is clearly the best conference in the country this year. Unfortunately, this isn't a game played between conferences, and either teams could pull it out. Purdue played 4 games against the Sweet16 this year, and while the performance wasn't great (1-3), they do have the experience.

bbair7887 said...

UCONN was preseason favorites to win the big ten oaf...and a top ten team to boot...real consolation and we did win the tourney...and when was the last team the big eats did anything in the tourney...far i see it 04 uconn last team in finals...since then two big ten (illinois and osu) two sec (both florida) 1 pac 10 (ucla) 1 big 12 (kansas) 1 acc (unc) and memphis...get this big east superiority crap out of here...nova gets a free ride to the sweet 16 playing at home and three one seeds should get there as well or else its shameful (and lets rememebr pitt almost lost TWICE already)...as far as i see it the only impressive team in the big east so far was cuse (ill give louisville for making the comeback a nod as well)

Anonymous said...

unfortunately for purdue fans the big ten has nothing on the big east, and what the huskies have had to play weekly is better than anything purdue has seen all year, there are at least 5 big east teams that would have won the big ten maybe more

and thats disregarding the fact that purdue didn't win the big ten, and was never in contention to win the big ten

the best the experts gave was you might not have lost it by 4 games with full strength, talk about a consolation prize

i have the Huskies winning by at least 10 and walking into the elite 8 and maintaining the basketball prestige their league

Go Huskies!!!

jayda59 said...

oh for the record, Uconn beat #1 team in the nation Lousiville IN lousiville by 17 pts WITHOUT hitting a single 3-pt shot (0-8)....and they took 24 free throws to lousiville's 2 (20-24 vs 2-2)....had the same game been played with ucoon missing 50% of FTs they still win by 9......

add the fact that stanley robinson is a beast, making up for dyson's absence as best as possible, its almost impossible to stop the big three right now...adrien, robinson and thabeet....3 big beasts who EACH can drop 20-25 pts a game, stay OUT of foul trouble AND play amazing defense.....oh...and if you load up the inside aj price will light u up from downtown....if uconn had dyson they would be unstoppable....purdu e might have had some troubles without hummel, but Uconn had ONE loss this year with dyson in the lineup..ONE against a young talented georgetwon team 1st game of BE play...a team ranked early on (beat Memphis) and their youth and inconsistency caused them to just fall off in the big east (kinda like Wake Forest in the ACC)....