Thursday, February 22, 2007

If not Florida, then who?

The terms Sleeper and Dark horse seem misleading this year, because a case could be made that Florida is the team to beat. Knowing that, everyone else is a sleeper or dark horse. Florida has the best starting five in the country, with likely 3 lottery picks in Noah, Horford and Brewer. Humphrey is shooting just under 50% behind the arc, and Green is a solid point guard. Sometimes it appears that they coast by some of the teams they play, but they have proven they have the ability to pour it on when needed. This style (and their lack of depth) may prove to be their Achilles heel, but only time will tell. Money does not like taking the obvious pick, and Florida is obvious. So I ask you, if not Florida, then who?

Dark horse national contender:

Kansas – Given the Jayhawk’s history of flubbing things up in the first round, this is a risky pick. Money believes this will be the team cutting down the nets in April. The biggest reason for this pick is freshman point guard, Sherron Collins. He might be their best player, and he comes off the bench. Their rotation will be rectified come tournament time and these guys will be the team to beat. The biggest weakness for this team is all the head-cases, namely Brandon Rush. They have the total package.

Texas A&M – Money has been pimping this team for the last two years. They have arguably one of the best defenses in the country, and one of the most Money players in the country in Acie Law IV. Final four team for sure!

Memphis – Who have they played? That is the question everyone will be asking. In reality, they have not had a challenging schedule. But that did not stop them from making the great 8 last year. The lost some key players from last year’s team to the NBA but an argument could be made that as a team, they are better off without them.

Dark horse Final four:

Maryland – This team wins games by defense which will be helpful in the tournament. They also have a lockdown defender in Strawberry to eliminate/neutral an opponent’s stud player.

Va Tech – An up and down team, but when they are up, they can be very, very good. All five starters from last year’s team are in place.

Tennessee – Amazing what a healthy Chris Lofton can do for this team. They are becoming a very dangerous team right now.

Villanova – Great players still exist on the team from last year. Plus, the emergence of super Frosh, Scottie Reynolds, has helped tremendously.

Washington State – The PAC 10 may get one team to the Final Four and it won’t be UCLA. My bet is Washington State, with USC being a close second.

Texas – Is Kevin Durant 2007 the Carmelo Anthony of 2002? No, he is better but with less help.

Thursday night

USC -5.5 vs. Stanford
The Trojan will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to ASU. They can ill afford to lose two games in a row and will be better prepared to take on Stanford tonite at home.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the laughs $ and B, but it appears Rebecca could pick more winners by throwing darts at the sports page.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Money said...

Glad to entertain you anonymous

8:30 AM  
Blogger B. Anthony said...


We all know why you are retired from gambling and let your wife make all the picks!

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