Saturday, March 24, 2007

Punching Their Ticket To Atlanta

The ACC and SEC teams play tomorrow, but I thought I would go ahead and throw in my $.03 on Saturday's Elite 8 Games.

Ohio State vs Memphis South Regional Final San Antonio, TX
I really thought this was going to be a Ohio State-Texas A&M game until a missed layup and cheap foul. Then, I thought it was going to be a Tennessee two step until the Volunteers began pondering if Erik Ainge will be ready this season or not in the always tough SEC East. But now we have Ohio State and Memphis and you would think with only 1 day in between games there would not be a whole lot of bulletin board material, but Memphis' Joey Dorsey found a way to belittle Greg Oden. I am surprised Memphis is here, but I think their ride ends today. Ohio State has at least three lives after comebacks in their last two and you wonder when the clock will strike 12 on them. The Buckeyes have too many weapons and Mike Conley is beginning to step and be that floor leader Championship teams have. Buckeyes win by 5-8 points.

Kansas vs UCLA West Regional Final San Jose, CA
Congrats Kansas on a great season and Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. Now, you get to face UCLA in their home state. The Jayhawks should be familiar with the style UCLA wants to play as they saw it on Thursday night against Southern Illinois. The problem is that UCLA has more talent than the Salukis. If the Bruins can get on track offensively against a very good Kansas defense I think they will win. For Kansas to win, they must be able to attack the Bruins inside with Julian Wright and Branden Rush. I like UCLA to win and possibly set up a rematch with Florida in the Final Four. A win would give the Bruins 17 Final Four appearances, one up on North Carolina for now.
Source: Sports by Brooks
UCLA's starting five

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