First of all,I'd like to congratulate Winona State,for their NCAA Div-II National championship win over Augusta state,led my Jonte Flowers and his 30 points to lead his team.Of course last year Barton broke the hearts of Winona State winning in the games final minute by Anthony Atkinson's 8 points as the game wound down and then the last layup as time expired.This was redemption for them,so congrats.
Now for The elite 8 matchups
Xavier vs UCLA
Xavier has been an overachiever all season,breaking into the top ten and being seeded #3 in the tourney.The one seeded UCLA has left us on the edge of our seats all year.This should be a defense oriented game,low scoring.Expect this to be in the 60's by both teams.Kevin Love provides a punch that Xavier might not be able to stop.Sean Miller himself said that UCLA is the best rebounding team they will play all year.
The Key players for both teams:
So This game should be decided by someone who can break free from the struggle of the low scoring affair.And it pains me to say,Kevin Love is the difference in a UCLA's win.
Davidson vs Kansas
Stephen Curry,Stephen Curry,Stephen Curry.Need I say anything else?100 points in 3 games,quite amazing for the scrawny sharp-shooting soophmore son of nba star Dell Curry.
This should be decided basically if Kansas's stout D can stop Curry.Kansas is allowing a 38% fg against while shooting 51%.Now to all the doubters of Davidson before the tournament:You are ignorant.Richards,the PG,is no pushover either,averaging more apg than anyone else in the nation.
Davidson's run is over here,but just remember:There are no cinderellas.
UNC vs UL
UNC,the # team in the country.UL,one of the hottest teams in the tournament.They throttled Tennessee.And Rick Pitino always seems to make his team so much better come tourney time.He has the second best tourney winning pct.,and has been to the Final Four with three teams.UNC has so much depth,they can pull so many people off the bench and just throw him in.Also don't forget Psyco T.Louisville must force turnovers on press.Can't get burned by Lawson.
I'll give the edge to UNC
Texas vs Memphis
Texas and Memphis breezed through their sweet 16 games.Watch the combo of Abrams,Augustin,and James.Texas also has to have production from Conor Atchely,and not just let him jack up threes.He needs to play a little more close to the basket.And if Pittman can score on Dorsey,than Texas stands a good chance.Memphis seems to be running on all cylindors making it difficult to pick this game.I don't see all higher seed wiining,and I have a very good feeling about the other games so here's my lower seed winning.
Tell me what you think.