2008 March Madness - Final Four
After some great basketball it has all come down to the final four this weekend in San Antonio. The tournament up to this point has been full of upsets, great basketball and the emergence of new stars in college basketball. When the dust settled it was all of the number one seeds making history and advancing to the final four. This is a new era of college basketball with no seniors on the All-American team and the best teams going all the way to the final four. It will make for some great basketball. Now on to the teams that represent and the pick to win it all.
North Carolina - it is hard to find another team that has played such solid basketball throughout the entire tournament. They have scored over the century mark twice and they have won every game by at least ten points. With Tyler Hansbrough becoming the best player in college basketball they will be hard to beat. Ty Lawson is banged up but it has been said that he will play in the final four. They face Kansas in the next round.
Kansas- the Jayhawks are playing great basketball heading into the final four. The game against North Carolina has plenty of storylines especially for head coach Bill Self. He replaced the highly touted Roy Williams and this will be the first trip to the final four since Roy left for Carolina Blue. Kansas has been equally impressive in its wins in the tournament but it’s been the defense that has impressed not allowing more than 61 points in any game they have played.
Memphis - The Memphis Tigers have to be the Rodney Dangerfield’s of this year’s tournament. They simply have not gotten any respect all year. They were labeled #1 only to be called paper champs for the weak conference they play in. they have been crushed by the media and so called experts for the lack of prowess at the free throw line. Now they are finally in the final four and they did it in grand fashion stomping Texas in the prior game and now have to face UCLA in the final four.
UCLA - the Bruins are back to the final four and this is familiar territory for them as they have been there in 2006 and 2007. Ironically the only player that was not there for the runs to the final four is their best player. Freshman Kevin Love is a first timer to the final four but is ready for the dance and leads the team in points, rebounds, and blocks. The center match up against the Tigers will be an interesting one.
Projected Winner: UCLA
This team has the right mix of defense and strength underneath to win this whole thing. The best thing they may have going for them is experience. This team has been here before and the players and the coaches know how to handle the atmosphere and get their players ready for the big games that are upcoming against Memphis and the winner of North Carolina against Kansas. One thing for sure we can expect some great basketball this weekend!