Thursday, March 23, 2006

Friday Night Lights

I knew it would be a close game, but I thought Duke would be too much in then end with their free throw shooting. One problem though... Duke did not get to the FT line. The officials let them play in this game and that is not a good thing for Duke. You could really tell that JJ was getting frustrated towards the end with the "lack of calls" (in his opinion). LSU showed they have the athleticism to play with anyone in the country. Their biggest weakness is ball handling, which Duke exploited early on, but the Tigers defense kept the game even the whole way. SEC Champs beat the ACC Champs.

#3 Florida vs #7 Georgetown Minneapolis, MN
The Gators are playing some of the best basketball in the country right now. One would think that momentum would just carry over to this weekend, but not necessarily as we are seeing with UCLA tonight. Joahkim Noah has been outstanding for Florida so far and will need to continue his stellar play against a more athletic Georgetown team. This game will go down to the wire and will come down to a turnover battle. I like the Gators in a very close game.
Prediction: Florida

#1 Villanova vs #4 Boston College Minneapolis, MN
A clash of two styles of play in the Twin Cities. 'Nova will want to get up and down the court with their 4 guard lineup, while BC is just fine with a grind-it-out half-court game. BC's Craig Smith and Jared Dudley will need to take advantage of Villanova's limited size inside. Allan Ray has fully recovered from an eye injury and will be handful along with Kyle Lowry for the Eagles. The winner of this game will be the team who can impose their style of play on the other. In the end, I think 'Nova has too good of guard play (which is a must in the NCAA's) to be beaten by BC's muscle.
Prediction: Villanova

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