Final Four: Game 1
Memphis was #1 seed most likely to be eliminated first, the team who couldn't shoot free throws, and now the FAVORITE to win the NCAA Championship. John Calipari and the Memphis Tigers are a game away from finishing the 08' campaign with a National Championship and a 39-1 record overall and they are doing it with authority:
Sweet 16 Michigan St. loses 92-74
Elite 8 Texas goes down 85-67
Final 4 UCLA gets run out of the gym; 78-63
The latest victim of Memphis was shut down last night, UCLA was kept to 38% from the floor and out rebounded 42-35. UCLA super freshman, Kevin Love, was held to his lowest point total of the tournament (12) and dominated on the glass by senior forward, Joey Dorsey (15 boards, 0 points). Memphis left the Alamo Dome last night leaving no questions unanswered, this team is real physical, real fast, and real good. You knew the game was over when junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts received a base line pass and proceeded to posterize Love in one of the more remarkable plays of the tournament. Douglas-Roberts and freshman sensation Derek Rose combined for 53 of the Tigers 78 points and will play for the National Championship tomorrow night.
(If you still want to discuss free throws, the Tigers were 20 for 23 last night and I've put that issue to rest)
Game 2: Kansas v. Carolina
After having too many chicken wings, too many miller lites, and watching Memphis dismantle the Bruins it was time for the second game of the night, Kansas v. Carolina. My hatred for North Carolina had reached an all time high and I was openly cheering for Kansas to destroy the Tar Heels in dramatic fashion; ask and you shall receive. Midway through the first half Kansas had jumped out to a 40, yes 40 to 12 lead which left most of the country in tears. No more Tyler Hansbrough love fest, no more Roy Williams, and no more extreme media East Coast bias . . . .and we were only minutes into the first half. FF (fast forward on your television remote) to six minutes remaining in the second half and Carolina had closed the gap, 54-50 Kansas on top. AHHHHHHH! That is what was coming out of my mouth along with alot of swearing. While Kansas looked to be on the verge of one of the most monumental collapses in college basketball history, North Carolina was poised to deliver that blow. Until Kansas gave their one last gasp and proceeded to go back to what they had done in the first half, the bigs of Kansas owned Hansbrough and Roy Williams was stunned, the Tar Heels had never been this outplayed all year. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK! Kansas survives 84-66.