Yeah, I am a lifer on the Anti-Knight team and was sorry to see the Zags fall apart in the second half like that. But props to Knight for what he's done with TT. I know I never considered the school a hotbed for hoops till now.
My brakcets look like peg- boards right now, so many d@mn holes! Half my Elite Eight and Final Four are already off for Spring Break! Some random notes:
Wake Forest: It's called defense! You should try it some time!
WVU: If Mike Gansey ever has to pay for a drink in Morgantown again, then something is terribly wrong. BTW, regardless of the above observation, WVU was the better team and played like a national champion, IMO. Props to them.
Most impressive teams so far: Utah, Villanova, Louisville and WVU. I'm not saying the champ will come from this bunch, per se, but each has team has handled pressure with poise and performed at least as well as advertised. Even Illinois struggled early against FDU.
Huh?: I called NCSU for their style match-up against UConn, and WVU and Vermont had upset specials all over them, but Oklahoma, Kansas and BC losing as early as they did cought me completely by surprise. It's not as if they're opponents were complete unknowns and certainly each of these sides was battle tested. I just don't get it. BC takes the reigns (from GT) for most enigmtaic team.
GT note: On another thread I offered my analysis of the Jackets thusly:
Against athletic, defensive oriented teams Tech's offense will struggle if they can't work an effective inside-outside game with Luke Schensher in the middle.
Schensher was ineffective in both games and Louisville was exactly the kind of athletic defensive side to give Tech fits. The Jackets outside game never clicked and their turnovers this season killed them. But at least they made it back to the dance and though five seniors are leaving the squad all four freshman were integral players throughout the year and another deep class is coming back. I'm hopeful the new frontcourt will prove more athletic than Big Luke and better compliment Coach Hewitt's style of play. If so they can replicate the model Pitino is running at Louisville.