A couple things to note: Look how weak these teams are at small forward, and mostly at power forward as well. On the flip side, look how great all 4 of these teams are at point guard and at center (especially if I swapped Hansbrough as a center in place of Thompson).
Season Rewind: The Big Ten regular season champions, Michigan St had a relatively poor start to the season, taking big losses to both Maryland and UNC, and while it was clearly the conference's top team, fell by double-digits to Ohio St. in the Big Ten tourney semifinals.
And then their were four. Pitt and Villanova put on a performance for the ages, with Scottie Reynolds buzzer-beating layup sure to be replayed for many years to come. While Reynolds was the man of the hour for Villanova, he wasn’t good enough to crack CHN’s five man All-Elite Eight squad.
Most of the talk heading into Sunday’s Midwest Regional Final centered on the hot Louisville Cardinals and their chance to give the Big East three teams in the Final Four.
Turns out someone forgot to tell Louisville that their work wasn’t done with that 103-64 beating of Arizona on Friday night.
Louisville dominated Arizona like the Wildcats were a D2 team. But Michigan St is a much more sound team, that will try and control the pace and defend with purpose. In Louisville's 5 losses, the game was played at a slow place and the Cards never topped 64 points (51, 54, 55, 57, and 64). That's pretty much the recipe for Michigan St, control the pace, make Louisville beat you in the half-court, and hope for the best.
Thanks are in order for Kansas and Michigan State. They gave viewers the lone bit of drama on this night.
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Everybody fears losing their Elite Eight or Final Four team by the second round (did anyone besides me have Syracuse going to the Final Four in the 2005 tourney?). However, when an early upset is picked correctly, you can have a serious advantage over the rest of your competition. Let’s take a look at a few teams that could be packing their bags early on.