Am I the only one who got all their Final Four picks WRONG??? I feel like the biggest dummy in the world for screaming “down goes Frazier,” and the #1 seeds that I picked to lose both ended up winning. I picked Louisville, due to their frontcourt, Pitt for the same thing, Memphis for the SAME THING, and OU for the same f*****g thing, and every single one of those teams let me down. The common theme of the opponents that beat them is all of their backcourts (with the exception of Memphis) were out-played. I figured the teams I picked would get just enough help from their guards to advance, but I was definitely wrong. But enough of the squads who didn’t make it; this is about the Final Four, the teams who found a way to make it to the Motor City, and the biggest reason they made it is due to their guard play.
Lets take a look at last year’s Kansas National Title team, and their three-headed monster of Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, and Sherron “The Chi-town Thrilla, UT Killa” Collins. We could even look at Memphis with Derrick Rose, Antonio Anderson, Willie Kemp, and that rotund brother that played back-up PG for Rose (mind’s drawing a blank, but you get the point). That matchup was dominated by guards, and in the end, they made the biggest difference in the game.
Fast-forward this year, and lets look at the biggest difference-makers left. With UConn, you have AJ Price, Craig Austrie, and Kemba Walker. Michigan State has Kalin Lucas (the Big Ten Player of the Year, and someone who’s game I used to HATE last year), as well as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in Travis Walton, whose ridiculous man-to-man defense terribly exposed the homie, Terrence Williams.
As for the other game, there’s no need to mention of value of Ty Lawson. If he plays his best, they’ll win by a million. Hell, if he plays bad, they still have a great chance to win. You also have to account for Wayne Ellington, who seems to be forgotten, but is still extremely effective, and is capable of a huge game anytime he steps on the floor. I’ll admit that I don’t know much about Villanova’s guards, except for what I saw over the weekend. The three-headed trio of Scottie Reynolds, Reggie Redding, and Corey Fisher (who also happens to be the most gangsta guard in the tourney, due to being the kin of NY former kingpin, Guy Fisher) are all pretty solid and steady, and that’s truly what you need this time of year. We’ll see how things shake themselves, but I can tell you one thing:
I’m not making any more predictions. Be easy.