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Posted on: March 29, 2009 8:44 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2009 8:46 pm
 

Your FIRST look at the Final Four

What is going to happen at the Final Four? I will give you my best thoughts as the best week progresses, but here's the first few things you may want to know about the four team teams at the Final Four:

Best Player at the Final Four: Ty Lawson
I actually think Lawson is the best player in the country (non Blake Griffin category). He sets up everything in North Carolina's offense and when he is playing well the Tar Heels are almost impossible to beat. Lawson is the key to a UNC championship. Don't be fooled by the hype for Tyler Hansbrough.

Notable Possible Rematch: North Carolina-Michigan State

The last time these two teams played was December 3rd and it was ironically at Ford Field. The Tar Heels won 98-63 behind Tyler Hansbrough's 23 points. After the game someone said "See you in April" to UNC head coach Roy Williams. He replied with "I will be back and I hope my team is with me." Well guess what Roy? They are.

Points Per Game in the Tournament:
North Carolina 88.75
Connecticut 87.25
Villanova 81
Michigan State 70.5

Points Allowed Per Game in the Tournament:
Michigsn State 61.25
Connecticut 62
North Carolina 66.25
Villanova 66.5

Threes Point %:
Michigan State 23-57 (40%)
North Carolina 27-70 (39%)
Connecticut 16-54 (30%)
Villanova 24-81 (30%)

Rebounds Per Game:
Connecticut 47.5
North Carolina 38.25
Villanova 36.5
Michigan State 34.5

Free Throw %:
Michigan State 65-82 (79%)
Villanova 86-112 (77%)
Connecticut 89-129 (69%)
North Carolina 64-95 (67%)

Turnovers Forced:
North Carolina 60
Villanova 54
Michigan State 48
Connecticut 41

Turnovers:
North Carolina 43
Connecticut 48
Michigan State 49
Villanova 52

Wins by 5 or Less:
Michigan State 2
Villanova 1
Connecticut 0
North Carolina 0

Closest Winning Margin (in the tourney):
Villanova 2
Michigan State 5 (twice)
Connecticut 7
North Carolina 12

If you give a point for each stat (not counting the wins by five or less or winning margin) in a 4-3-2-1 format you end up with this:

Point System Totals:
North Carolina 21
Connecticut 18
Michigan State 18
Villanova 13

It's really interesting that the team that causes the most turnovers (North Carolina) also turns it over the least. Michigan State is the most efficient team offensively based off leading all four teams in 3PT% and FT% but they also score the least amount of PPG due to their slow it down type tempo. Also UNC hasn't even played a close game yet outside of the LSU game, where they pulled away late. I had the Tar Heels last April winning the national title this year and they are the team to beat this April. I won't reveal my picks just yet though.

 

Posted on: March 27, 2009 12:41 am
 

Mike Anderson FINALLY getting respect

Full article : http://onlinesportsfanatic.com/2009
/03/26/mike-anderson-finally-gettin
g-respect-mizzou-dominates/

It's about time Mike Anderson is getting some respect. He has completely turned around Missouri's basketball program by taking the Tigers from a forgotten Big 12 team to the Elite Eight.

His phyiscal style of play helped the Tigers dominate Memphis on Thursday night. Missouri scored 102 points, the most points ever given up by a John Calipari coached team.

I am exhausted so I'm not going into a long blog tonight but I do want to congratulate Villanova, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, and Missouri on advancing. Tomorrow night should be fun as well.

 
 
 
 
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