Sunday, March 25, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville---Odds and Ends Edition

Didjaknow that Jeff Withey of Kansas has considerably more blocks than does UNC’s John Henson (126-100). They’re both pikers compared to UK’s Anthony Robinson, who has 169 and Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng has 123. Guess we’ll see a lot of action in the paint in the next five games.

Oddly enough OSU’s Jared Sullinger is no shotblocker – he’s only blocked 55 in two years.

Michigan could lose up to seven players before next year, counting seniors.

UConn has just one recruit coming in.

The last time the ACC had four teams in the Sweet Sixteen (as the Big 10 and Big East did this year) was 1995.

One thing to keep an eye on today: against NC State, Kansas went eight deep with their starters all pulling at least 31 minutes and point guard Tayshaun Taylor pulling 37.

Against Ohio, UNC’s starters went 40, 38, 40, 41 and 32. The 40 belonged to Tyler Zeller; the 32 was Stilman White.

Justin Watts, PJ Hairston and James Michael McAdoo still provide a credible bench for UNC, but that’s a lot of minutes.

Another thing to keep an on today: Baylor has the size to compete with the UK big boys---Anthony Jones is 6-10, Perry Jones III is 6-11, Quincy Miller is 6-9 and Quincy Acy is 6-7. Guards Brady Heslip and Pierre Jackson are 6-2 and 5-10 respectively.

Kentucky has the edge in talent, but it may not be as big an edge as many people think. And while Kentucky has the better coach, the key player is not Davis but rather Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. This kid is on a different level competitively. Baylor has a reasonable shot at competing with Davis if only through numbers, but they will have a much tougher time controlling Kidd-Gilchrist. He’s just a wonderful basketball player.

Only 2 percent of ESPN’s 6.45 million Tournament Challenge brackets got both Louisville and Ohio State to reach the Final Four.

The Vegas line for today says Kentucky by 8 and Kansas by 2.

In the Women’s NCAA Tournament, Duke has out-scored their three opponents by 76 points on their way to the Elite Eight. Now, the rubber meets the road when they meet Stanford tomorrow. Duke is very good, but not great---Stanford is great. Duke’s core is freshmen and sophomores---the next two years, they should reach greatness.

Not so fast: A surprising fact about Kentucky is that they really aren’t that deep, with seven players getting virtually all the minutes, though six of them average double figures.

One more thing: Must see TV…UNC/KU--- Tyler Zeller has been a beast. Kendall Marshall might play. Jeff Withey nearly broke an NCAA tournament record for blocked shots against NC State. Thomas Robinson is a star. Need any more reasons?

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