I wanted to dive into some Sweet 16 talk this afternoon because I got a special post for tomorrow. On paper the games are should be good ones. I don’t think anything will rival the games from 2005 when three of the four Regional Final games went into overtime, but this has potential to be up there.
All the 1’s are left and the best two two seeds are still around. (I think we can all agree the two seeds that are out aren’t going to be missed. No one likes Duke and everyone outside of Washington D.C. would take Davidson over Georgetown) There are three double digit seeds, some how two Big Ten schools and a couple match ups of clashing styles.
Starting in the East, the top four seeds remain. Suddenly Louisville is the sexy sleeper. Chris Loften is ailing and don’t know how well or how much he will play against L’ville. (Saying L’ville reminds me, what ever happened to that show K’Ville? I think this may be the one good thing to come from the writer’s strike, that show is gone and hopefully all the actors and creators are buried in a mass grave somewhere.) I’m sticking with Tennessee.
UNC and Washington State. UNC scoring over 100 both games and Washington State allowing 40 and 41 points. As good as WSU defense is, UNC’s offense is better.
UNC and Tennessee in the regional final. This will be a game I will not miss. It will be high scoring and entertaining. I’m torn between taking Tennessee because I love them and Roy Williams pulling a Roy Williams or UNC winning because they are the better team. I took UNC in the original bracket but I’m switching to UT.
In the South, the potential Memphis, Texas match up could be as wildly entertaining as the UT-UNC one. I think both teams will cruise in the Sweet 16 games and meet with a trip to the Final Four on the line. Everyone keeps expecting Memphis to fall. They play in a weak conference, they can’t shoot free throw, blah, blah blah. They are the most talented team in the field. I’m sticking with them to win it all.
In the Midwest, my man crush love Stephen Curry has been the talk of the tournament. My heart says pick them over Wisconsin by brain says take Wisconsin (despite them being a Big Ten school). It doesn’t really matter since Kansas will go to the Final Four. I hope I’m wrong here and Stephen Curry and Davidson pull a George Mason. As unlikely as it seems, I’m not going to say it’s impossible.
The only team with an easier path to the Final Four is UCLA. UCLA needed another gift from the refs to hang on against Texas A&M (how come there wasn’t a bigger uproar about the no foul call on the final attempt by A&M). As easy as the path has been/is for the Bruins to reach the Final Four, I’m going to pick against them. I’m taking Xavier here. They’ll take care of WVU. They always beat Cincinnati when Huggins coached there so that will be no different than him coaching at West Virginia. Xavier matches up well with UCLA and has enough to squeak passed them in the most exciting game of the weekend.
UNC-Tennessee, Memphis-Texas, Kansas-Davidson, UCLA-Xavier. Maybe this weekend does have a chance to surpass Sweet 16 weekend from 2005.