Josh’s Final Four predictions
It’s March Madness Tourney Time, and nothing is better. I had the pleasure of attending the Villanova vs. Pittsburgh game last Saturday night. Villanova ended up winning 78-76 with a finger roll layup with .5 seconds left in the second half, just after Fields (Pitt) hit two free throws to tie the game.
Unfortunately, I was pulling for Pittsburgh because I had them winning the whole tournament in my money bracket. I have to give respect to the Villanova fans. Nearly 90 percent of the T.D. Banknorth Garden was Nova supporters, which without a doubt helped them to victory.
This game was hands down the best in the tourney so far and not just because I was present.
In the semi-finals on Saturday, North Carolina will probably prove too much for Villanova to overcome, but I know Villanova will fight hard. UConn, however, has to get past a powerful Michigan State team that’s playing on home turf. Michigan State should be well prepared by coach Tom Izzo, and this will be the game to watch this weekend as these teams have proven they deserve to be there. But the odds are that North Carolina and UConn will emerge as winners.
So, on Monday, I believe that North Carolina will emerge victorious over UConn. While I may not like them, I believe that Hansboro and Lawson will bring back a championship to Chapel Hill, N.C.
UConn will battle hard, but with North Carolina’s experience from last year in the Final Four they will emerge victorious.
Semi-Finals on Saturday, April 4nd:
•North Carolina defeats Villanova
North Carolina has a 71 percent chance of defeating Villanova
•UConn defeats Michigan State
UConn has a 61 chance of defeating Michigan State
Finals on Monday, April 6th:
•North Carolina Defeats Uconn
University of North Carolina:
•Best Performance in the NCAA 2009: Oklahoma
•Best Player: Ty Lawson
•Best Asset: Super-human athletes and Tyler Hansbrough’s incredibly annoying intensity.
•Head Coach: Roy Williams (one National Championship)
•Best Performances in the NCAA 2009: Pittsburgh (probably the best game of the tournament so far)
•Best Player: Dwayne Anderson
•Best Asset: Free Throw Shooting
•Head Coach: Jay Wright (first Final Four Appearance)
University of Connecticut:
•Best Performance in the NCAA 2009: Texas A&M
•Best Player: A.J. Price
•Best Asset: Height and athleticism
•Head Coach: Head Coach Jim Calhoun (two National Championships)
•Best Performance in the NCAA 2009: Louisville
•Best Player: Kailin Lucas
•Best Asset: Coach Tom Izzo
•Head Coach: Coach Tom Izzo (he’s just that good)