March Madness National Championship Game Open Thread

Submitted by M-Wolverine on April 5th, 2010 at 8:36 PM

So is there anyone who can't win money or has 0 affiliation with the Blue Devils who is actually rooting for Duke over Butler?

Comments

mrider

April 5th, 2010 at 9:58 PM ^

I wouldn't. Butler has won 25 in a row, and was ranked 8th in polls. There were greater upsets in the tourny this year, maybe not in terms of big upset in this big of a game, but in terms of worse teams beating good teams. The media wants to paint Butler as David, but Butler was massively under seeded.

mrider

April 5th, 2010 at 9:52 PM ^

The Bulldogs are hanging. I think that if Butler can defend hard until the end they have the guys to pull it out. Guys like Nored, Vanzant, and Veasley all seem like good defenders, and they wear you out and make you earn your points. That's crucial against a team like Duke because they don't have a ton of scorers.

The teams that have lost to Duke all really failed to defend second chance shots. If Butler can stick to their gameplan, and defend they have a heck of shot to win this game IMO.

MGoShoe

April 5th, 2010 at 9:56 PM ^

...to the BTN every so often to see the tape delay broadcast of the Michigan - IU water polo match. Final was Michigan 6, IU 4 (not to kill the suspense or anything). Interesting note: this is the first water polo match ever shown on the BTN.

Route66

April 5th, 2010 at 10:05 PM ^

It is a shame that Zoubek has to throw the ball out of the paint when he is under the basket. He should just dominate down there. You are 7'1", turn and jump just a little and dunk it.

Plus with Zoubek hedging like he is I think Duke will get burned by that sooner or later.

M-Wolverine

April 5th, 2010 at 10:31 PM ^

But that's something else that annoys me about Duke and programs like them, in general. Jealousy. They get all the calls, all the benefit from the media, promotion from the NCAA and their conference...all the breaks.

Contrast that with Michigan Football, as storied as any college program- media tries to tear it down, everyone jumps against it (like when it has a chance for a rematch vs. OSU) and it isn't promoted for it's greatness, and it's own conference seems out to stick it to them with calls or anything else to keep them down (outside of what people think in Happy Valley, at least) rather than help prop up their name teams.

I've never gotten that.

BoiseBlue

April 5th, 2010 at 10:13 PM ^

Very well played half thus far. I'd look to Hayward and Mack to take control in the second half. At this point it looks like two very good, very close teams.

MH20

April 5th, 2010 at 10:55 PM ^

That was a Grade-A Greg Paulus flop by Jon Scheyer. If you're going to draw the charge, STAND UP TALL and TAKE IT LIKE A MAN.

That charge call was total fucking bullshit.

bouje

April 5th, 2010 at 11:17 PM ^

A flagrant personal foul (or intentional foul) involves excessive or severe contact during a live ball.

A flagrant technical foul involves unsportsmanlike conduct that is extreme in nature, or excessive or severe contact during a dead ball. Fighting is also considered a flagrant technical foul.

As he said he was going for the ball, no that's NOT a flagrant.