Posts Tagged ‘Duke

Time to pick a new champ

- March 25th, 2011

Duke falling to Arizona means I need to make a new pick for the second year in a row (I thought Kentucky would win it all last year).

Time to stop backing the team with the most overall talent and best player I guess.

One of UNC, Kansas or Ohio State should win with Ohio State probably being my most likely winner at this point.

Here’s what I wrote last night:

In the Sweet 16 only by the skin of their teeth, the Arizona Wildcats made sure not to leave any doubt with their latest win.
After winning their previous two NCAA tournament games by a total of just three points, Arizona throttled No. 1 seed Duke in a shocking 93-77 blowout to advance to the Elite Eight.
Derrick Williams was spectacular, looking quite a bit like Blake Griffin in a 32 point 12 rebound performance.
His third three of the first half just beat the halftime buzzer and it set in motion an 11-0 run early in the second half that completely turned a close game around.
The Blue Devils finally got a return to form from Kyle Singler, who scored 18 points and got 28 points from star freshman Kyrie Irving, but Irving’s return from injury clearly threw the team off kilter and it caught up to Duke on Thursday.
Duke’s defence was putrid as Arizona got whatever it wanted, particularly in the second half.
The defending champions now face a summer that will likely see Irving leave to be a top pick in the NBA draft while seniors Singler and Nolan Smith are definitely done.
But the Wildcats might just be getting started.