Sunday, March 26, 2006

SEC Tries to Make Indy a Two-Trick Pony

LSU marks the 20th Anniversary of thier last Final 4 appearance with another trip to the Final Four. Oddly enough, the last two times LSU has been to the Final 4 they went through Atlanta to get there. Once again, Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas proved to be the difference with their play on offense and defense. Texas' LaMarcus Aldridge appeared worn down by the end of the game by the LSU frontcourt (this looked like a message to me that Aldridge needs another year in college). The inside players are getting a lot of the credit, but the defense on the perimeter cannot be overlooked either.

Florida will try to make it two SEC teams in the Final Four for the first time since 1995. They face a Villanova team with the best set of guards in the nation and a underrated frontcourt. 'Nova leads the Tournament in offensive rebounds; a surprsing stat because of all the talk of how small they are.

Minneapolis Region
#1 Villanova vs #3 Florida 4:50 ET CBS
These teams bring oppostite strengths to this game, but also underrated and overlooked facets of the team as well. Villanova is known for their penetrating guards in Randy Foye and Allen Ray, while Florida's frontcourt of Noah and Al Horford get the pub. The Wildcats are a strong rebounding team despite their lack of size and the Gators hustling backcourt provide both teams balance. Each team has won close games in this tournament and this game will also go down to the wire. Both Noah and Foye must have great games for thier teams to win. I think the winner of this game will have an unsung hero have to step up. For Villanova, it could be Kyle Lowry, Drew Nardi, or Will Sheridan. For Florida, watch the play of PG Taurean Green or possiby Corey Brewer. In the end, I think Villanova has more playmakers than Florida and will make the plays at the end. Like most games this weekend, this one will be low scoring, physical, and come right down to the wire.
Prediction: Villanova

Tournament: 16-7

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