Saturday, March 11, 2006

Semifinal Saturday

4 teams left in each conference tournament. The best matchup of the day should be LSU and Florida. The winner of this game will definetly be the favorite on Sunday as the other side of the bracket has surprising South Carolina facing Kentucky. Both the Gators and Tigers have a strong inside prescense to go with hot shooting from the outside so expect an up and down, run and gun game.

In the ACC, Wake Forest has made it to the semifinals with two victories matching its season total. The Deacs will have to beat #1 seed Duke to advance farther. Duke struggled mightily to put away Miami in their first round game. Wake has enough talent to beat Duke on the right day, so I don't expect a blowout especially the way the Devils have played in their last 5 games. Carolina tangles with Boston College in what should be an excellent game. The Eagles and Heels will match their strong frontcourts against each other. The Heels are playing as good as anyone in the country right now and BC has won 12 of their last 14 ACC games, so this one should not disappoint.

Predictions...

E5 South Carolina vs E3 Kentucky
The Gamecocks were one of the few teams Kentucky played very well against this year. With the Wildcats in the semis, even more fans will be flocking to Nashville. I like Kentucky in a low scoring affair.
Prediction: Kentucky

W1 LSU vs E2 Florida
This game is the equivalent of a Sweet 16 game with the caliber of these two teams. I like the way LSU has played all season, quietly going 14-2 in conference. Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas get it done offensively and defensively for the Tigers.
Prediction: LSU

#1 Duke vs #12 Wake Forest
Where has this Wake team that was predicting to finish third been all season? Heck of a time to start playing; If Wake can get the ball into Eric Williams inside and draw foul trouble then the Deacs have a very good shot at this game. Duke has been playing non-Duke like for the past 5 games and JJ has been very cold as of late - could it be fatigue? I think Duke pulls this one out, but it will be close.
Prediction: Duke

#2 North Carolina vs #3 Boston College
This game will feature two of the best post players in the country in UNC's Tyler Hansborough and BC's Craig Smith. Both teams had relatively easy first round wins. BC won the only matchup during the season, but that was before UNC got hot. You could point to the second half of the Georgia Tech where UNC came from 13 behind to win as a turning point for Roy Williams' bunch.
Prediction: UNC






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