Sunday, March 29, 2009

Elite Eight Review

The Elite is now over and the Final Four is all set. So let's review the games that happened during the weekend.

West Regional-Connecticut 82, Missouri 75 : Missouri had the tempo they wanted, an up tempo style which forced 17 Connecticut turnovers. Unfortunately, the Tigers could not capitalize on these turnovers, as they only scored 13 points from these turnovers. That and the fact that UCONN dominated the inside game led the Huskies to their first Final Four since 2004.

East Regional- Villanova 78, Pittsburgh 76-: This was easily the most exciting game of the weekend. A clash between two Pennsylvania Big East teams, this was a hard-fought physical contest. What clinched it for the Wildcats was their supberb free throw shooting, shooting 22 for 23 from the line and Scottie Reynolds's layup with a second to go. Villanova will be a tough out against North Carolina in the Final Four.

Midwest Regional- Michigan State 64, Louisvile 52: Michigan State's win was a little bit of a shocker to me because I had Louisville winning it all. However, the Spartans played an especially good game on defense, holding Louisville to 39% from the floor. This is an espcially well coached game from Michigan State's coach, Tom Izzo, in a game I thought the Spartans would lose.

South Regional-North Carolina 72, Oklahoma 60: As usual Blake Griffin was in top form for Oklahoma, scoring 23 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. However, his teamates were another matter, as the Sooners went 2-for-19 from 3 point range. In addition, Ty Lawson was in top form for the Tar Heels, showing no signs of a toe injury which sidelined him during the ACC Tournament. I think North Carolina is the team to beat in the Final Four.

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Anonymous said...

Who is this Joe C. character? I've never heard of him.

Editor said...

Good job Joe. I knew you had it in you!