Monday, March 28, 2011

Kentucky, VCU, Boom!

The tale of two programs exists. As Kentucky prepares to take on mutual powerhouse Connecticut, Virginia Commonwealth is punching their own Cinderella ticket.

Let's get after it!

Massachusetts, Memphis, now Kentucky, say what you will about Wildcat head coach John Calipari but he's headed to Houston and he's bringing his third program (only Slick Rick Pitino has done the same) to the Final Four. On the heels of a few monster games from freshman guard Brandon Knight (63 pts. in four games) and an extremely solid tournament run from senior big man Josh Harrellson, it's likely this could be Calipari's best shot at a title. Harrellson played so well against Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, averaging 15 points and close to 9 boards a game, he's giving the Wildcats a huge advantage inside. With guard DeAndre Liggins having big games off the bench for Kentucky, the Wildcats have come a long way since their early season 17-point loss to the team they are set see, Connecticut. For Calipari, beating Ohio State and North Carolina en route to the Final Four was just an appetizer, knocking off Jim Calhoun would really be icing on the cake.

Go get 'em Shaka! I don't know how it happened, and truly, I don't care. Virginia Commonwealth reaching The Final Four is get out of here amazing. The Rams of VCU are literally just (1) of three teams to knock off Kansas all season long. They are the 'Against All Odds' team of this tournament, they're out George Masoning - George Mason. Vitale, Bilas, and now Billy Packer coming out refusing to back down from their stance that the Rams didn't belong in the tournament, I've got one thing to say: They're in the Final Four - own it. They've earned it as well. Dropping teams from the PAC-10, Big East, Big Ten, ACC, & Big 12??!?! No slouches either, no Northwestern's or DePaul's in that group, we're talking the Jayhawks, Boilermakers, Hoyas, come on now! Nearly half the team is upper class men, including senior 4-year starting point guard Joey Rodriguez (averaging nearly eight assists a game), and junior guard Brad Burgess who tossed up monster 20+ point games against Florida State and Purdue. It's like I said . . .Go get 'em Shaka!

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