Saturday, April 05, 2008

Final Four Thoughts

Observations while watching the first half of UCLA vs. Memphis:

Both of these teams are really good. I picked UCLA before the tournament to win the whole enchilada, but Memphis has looked really, really good the last two weeks. They are definitely not your standard garden variety Conference USA team. They've lost one game all year, on a night they played a subpar game against Tennessee.

The next game should be fun. Roy Williams leads North Carolina against his old school, Kansas. Both schools are forever entwined through KU alum and UNC coaching legend Dean Smith, and his pupils including former KU coaches Larry Brown and Roy Williams. Bill Self is in his first Final Four and finds himself in the same position as Roy Williams in 2003: with his alma mater calling. Oklahoma State is offering a lot of T. Boone Pickens' money to Self to come home. Five years ago, Roy Williams was lured back home to UNC after taking KU to the national championship game.

More later tonight...

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