Sunday, March 25, 2007

Final 2 Spots in Final Four

The ACC is still riding North Carolina, while the SEC is own to Florida after losing two heart breakers in the Sweet 16.

Florida vs Oregon Midwest Regional St Louis, MO
Looking at this game on paper, Florida should have a big advantage, but is that mostly because of the exposure Florida has gotten this year versus the lack of coverage for Oregon? The Ducks were tested in the first round against Miami, OH, but have won fairly comfortably in their last two games. The Gators will have the advantage inside once again with Noah and Horford, but the Ducks are very athletic on the wings and the back court. Florida should be able to win this one going away.

North Carolina vs Georgetown East Regional East Rutherford, NJ
A rematch of the 1982 Championship game and maybe the best of the Elite 8 matchups. Georgetown will try to continue their rebounding and defensive dominance against a very athletic and young North Carolina squad. The key matchup will be Tyler Hansbrough and Branden Wright versus Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green. The Hoyas are used to having a big advantage inside, but not this time around. The Tar Heels should have the advantage on the perimeter if they are shooting well. I think the scoring will tell who has the upper hand in this game. If North Carolina can get this game into the upper 70s they will win because they can throw waves of subs at Georgetown and remain fresh most of the game. However, if Georgetown can keep this game closer to 60, then their size and defensive prowess will catapult them to victory. I like the experience of Roy Williams over John Thompson III will lead the Tar Heels to a recording tying 17th Final Four.
1982 Final still lives in Georgetown's minds

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