Thursday, March 27, 2008

Rough couple of days

It has been a rough couple of days waiting the NCAA hoops action to begin again. The good thing that happened over the last couple of days is the firing of Ben Braun. I think we all saw this coming. The two important questions are 1) who will replace him and 2) is Ryan Anderson coming back for another year. As it stands now, Anderson is likely a late first round pick, so I would imagine he will leave Cal. Possible replacements include (in order of Money’s preference)

Show them the Money;

Jamie Dixon – Ben Howland clone will make Cal great.
Lon Kruger – Proven winner every place he goes.
Mike Montgomery – Maybe a little rusty, but still a great choice
Mark Few – Waiting for Ernie Kent to get fired.

Playing it cheaply;

Randy Bennett – Hate to steal him, but would.
Bill Grier – Cheap up and comer.

I will pass on Eric Musselman and will puke if it is Bobby Knight.

Thursday games;

4:10 pm
XAVIER +1.5 vs. West Va
These two teams are about as evenly matched as you can get. This game will be decided by the free throw line and who gets there more. Edge Xavier.

4:30 pm
WASHINGTON STATE +8.5 vs. North Carolina
This will be an interesting game. WSU will slow down UNC. The cougars are an incredibly efficient team on offense that will wind the clock down on each possession, and take a good shot. They better make it though, as they will not crash the boards. They will focus on getting back on defense and guarding UNC. I don’t think they will win it, but they will keep it close.

6:40 pm
UCLA -12 vs. Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers are a perimeter oriented team and that is the strength of the UCLA defense, guarding the perimeter. Collison and Westbrook will focus on their guards and ensure that Courtney Lee is accounted for throughout the game. They have no frontcourt, so Kevin Love will have his way with them.

7 pm
LOUISVILLE -3 vs. Tennessee
I fear Tennessee as an underdog, but changing your point guard during the tournament prior to a game against Louisville and their press smells like disaster. UT will need a huge game from Lofton, who has not delivered in this tournament and will have a tough time getting his shot off with 6’8 bodies flying at him from the zone. I am taking the under (146) in this game. UT is not going to get into a track meet in this game.



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