Monday, March 24, 2008

Looking Back...Looking Ahead

Just some ramblings from the weekend that saw us go from 64 to 16 and leave just 1 team each from the ACC & SEC. Let me know if I am dead on or way off base with these comments.

North Carolina looked really, really good against Arkansas. This team looks like it is rounding into top form at the right time. Charlotte will be just as much of a home court for the Heels as Raleigh was. Washington State will provide an interesting contrast as they want to slow the game to a crawl - Roy Williams frequently mentions the break neck pace he wants his offense to run.
North Carolina posts

Tennessee survives the first 35 minutes with American and then has to go 40+ against Butler to survive. I like Tennessee's depth, but they have not played extremely well in their first two games. E! Channel will have Joan Rivers critiquing Bruce Pearl's and Rick Pitino's attire in Charlotte.
Tennessee posts

Duke is starting to lose its luster. They don't have near the talent they did 5 years ago. The best player on this team would not even be in the top 8 for any of Krzyzewski's championship teams. I think Duke recruits get a bump in rating because they are Duke recruits - much like Notre Dame in football. The Blue Devils have not gone after the top flight players in recent years due to the NBA early entry effect.
Duke posts

Kentucky played valiantly with limited talent this year. If Patterson comes back then this team should be back next year in the Tournament. If not, then Gillespie will need to significantly raise the talent on this team and fast. UK fans are not known for the patience. I think Patterson is gone.

Clemson had a great season come to an abrupt end with about 5 minutes to go as they could not make a shot down the stretch against Villanova. Losing Booker and Mays to foul trouble really hurt them.

Miami was probably one of the better teams in the nation that got no pub this year. How did Frank Haith not win coach of the year after being picked last in the preseason? Give them 5 more minutes against Texas and it is anybody's ball game.

Georgia simply ran out of gas against Xavier. If Felton starts out poorly next year then his job security will be questioned again. Oh well, back to spring football practice.

All I remember about Vanderbilt's NCAA Tournament was how Shon Foster compared Siena to Auburn during a press conferene earlier in the week. The Commodores lost by 20.

I was really pulling for Miss State on Sunday. Maybe it is because they followed my advice and fouled Memphis like crazy.

Arkansas ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday that it didn't even see in Tennessee this year.

And how about de facto ACC member Davidson! You will see two of the best coaches in the country on Friday when Bob McKillop goes up against Wisconsin's Bo Ryan.

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