Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sweet 16 notes - Night Two

- It was a great year for the Kansas Jayhawks. The defending national champions overachieved with their fifth straight conference title and three seed in the tournament. But, the loss last night exposed the primary Kansas weakness--the inability of a consistent third threat to take the offensive pressure off of Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins. It also exposed what has been a consistent bugaboo for the Jayhawks all season--turning the ball over in crucial stretches of a game. Last night, Kansas had 19 turnovers versus their season average of 16. The problem was that the turnovers occurred in crunch time--when Michigan State was making their run to cut into the Kansas lead, and eventually take the lead.

- Arizona's Cinderella balloon popped big time last night. The Wildcats overachieved in the tournament by getting to the round of 16 but then got hammered by Louisville. The questions surrounding Zona now are "who will be the next head coach?" Tom Izzo of Michigan State is one name being mentioned. Rick Pitino of Louisville is another.

- Is anyone else really looking forward to the North Carolina-Oklahoma matchup and the duel between last year's Player of the Year, Tyler Hansbrough, and this year's POY, Blake Griffin? I'm going with Griffin in this one.

- Who will be next Kentucky coach? Is John Calipari truly in the mix? Anthony Grant is now taken given the announcement that the Virginia Commenwealth coach will be the new head man at Alabama.

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