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Here are the rest of my picks for the Semis (I don't know why I'm even doing this, MSU and Louisville are out).

 

Memphis vs. UCLA

UCLA has had a somewhat easy schedule so far in this tournament but has struggled lately.  Could the fact that Kevin Love is a freshman finally starting to catch up with them?  Well, Memphis has had an easy schedule as well, both in March Madness and out of it too.  This game will show what they are really made out of.  Love can play great defense and may shut down Derrick Rose, but good for Rose, he is a great passer and rarely misses an open man.  He will be able to swing the ball around to Robert Doizer and Chris Douglas-Roberts, both established scorers.  The Tigers might be able to shut Kevin Love down, although it hasn't been done too many times before.  Memphis's defense has had over 230 blocks this year and is averaging 40.8 rebounds per game.  UCLA will have to ride on Josh Shipp and Darren Colission, both very good 3-point shooters and good scorers but not good enough to lead a team to victory.

 

Final Score: Memphis; 76, UCLA; 68

 

 

North Carolina vs. Kansas

Kansas just struggled through a two-point game against Davidson, 10th ranked.  What does that tell you?  Well, that tells me that they are going to have a heck of a time getting past the North Carolina Tarheels, a favorite by many.  Well, I am rooting for the Jayhawks just to see all of the brackets busted and mine still going average.  Even with that said, I don't know if the Hawks can pull the upset.  Tyler Hansbrough, who won the National Player of the Year, which was questionable by many, is still a great player and can score on offense and rebound on defense.  Ty Lawson and Quentin Thomas both will set Hansbrough up and occaisonally take the ball to the baskets theirselves, as will Wayne Ellington, who has averaged 16.6 points per game.  The Jayhawks have stong D in the paint led by Darrell Arthur but they have weak perimeter defense.  They have Brandon Rush and that is about it.

 

Final Score: North Carolina; 64, Kansas; 57

 

 

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