Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
How fun is this team to watch? 16 of their 33 made baskets were dunks/layups. Do you think they have a chance against Florida?
can anyone recommend a kansas blog/forum?
The fact that I am a huge Tar Heel fan didn't help today as Kansas ran all over Carolina in the second half. So if you hadn't already made the connection, we will play Kansas on Friday evening in the Sweet 16. Kansas is a very tough team that definitely can be beaten but will definitely be quite a challenge. They are a team full of veteran athletes that on good nights can play very effectively on the boards and can knock down jump shots as well. So here are a couple of my keys to the game based on my observation from today:
1. Limit them in the paint- Probably the most obvious of them all and the one I'm most afraid of. When given space Withey and Young are very dangerous on the interior. The key will be to limit offensive rebounds and suffocate them on defense while staying out of foul trouble. With the way McGary played on Saturday, I'm starting to become a little more confident in our play on the inside.
2. Control the pace and win the turnover battle- In the first half today, Kansas looked flat mainly due to the fact that Carolina was able to run at their own pace and force Kansas to double digit turnovers. Kansas ended up making adjustments and eventually slowed UNC down. If we can maintain a steady transition game, force turnovers, and slow Kansas down offensively, Kansas will look just as flat as they did today in the first half.
3. NO MORE HERO BALL- Kansas is more like a Big Ten opponent, and we have no room for Burke to take 25 shots and make 6. Instead, we need Burke to have something more like a 20 and 10 game with many assists. Burke needs to be a leader and create opportunities. We are best when we operate with all players contributing, for example our last two tourney games.
That was just my analysis/preview. Feel free to leave more comments, opinions, and keys to the game. I'm tired of Kansas, so let's beat the crap out of them Friday. GO BLUE!
8 seed Lady Wolverines knock off 9 seed villanova 60-52 in Palo Alto!
Michigan's last NCAA Tournament win was on 3/17/2001 in a 81-71 OT win over virginia.
Michigan will get stanford as a road game, Tuesday night at 9:30 on ESPN2.
More voting! (As if the EA Sports one didn't wear us out). Anyways, the NCAA has realased the fan voting part of the Naismith Vote. The Naismith Trophy is awarded to the best overall player in the nation, and is presented during the Final Four week. It's the basketball eequivelent of the Heisman Trpohy. It is very unique because fan voting counts for 25 PERCENT OF THE VOTE. So this one is actually pretty important to participate in.
It is between Michigan's Trey Burke, Indiana's Victor Oladipo, Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr., and Creighton's Doug McDermott. The link to where you can vote is HERE.
Vote for Burke, and Go Blue!