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... it means you didn't have quite as good a season as the other top teams, and as a result they feel the need to move you out there due to the lack of depth in that part of the country. But is it such a bad thing? Seems like the West bracket is consistently one of the easier routes to the Final Four as the tourney moves along. Who would have ever imagined (about a month ago) that it would be Florida vs. Louisville for a trip to New Orleans???
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I wouldn't have. West always seems easier to me, too.
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Having covered those teams this year, I can't fathom Louisville or Florida being in the Final Four.
I picket Florida to be in the Final Four. As well as Vandy. Wins some, lose some.
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I can believe UF but not UL. I picked UF in one of my brackets to face us.
It used to mean that you'd face a tough UCLA or Arizona team. But the West coast has been significantly down lately.
Louisville isn't the team they were during the start of big east play.
UL's last final 4 trip had them out west as a 4 seed playing the weakest 1 (Washington). Michigan State had a good team but really no one has talked them up as a possible champion all year. Missouri was the only team in that region that was really considered a title contender all year, so once they were out it was up for grabs.
UL is playing very good ball right now. They are taking the fight to people. Teams that want to run alot of half-court sets are finding it difficult as UL is playing overly aggressive, making it hard to start their offenses, and they have Dieng to erase mistakes. If you don't have elite guards or alot of playmakers that makes it really difficult. I think a team like Florida matches up well with UL as they have the guard play that should be able to handle that. It should be an interesting game, anyway.
BTW, if we make it to the final 4 I hope we play UL. We have the personnel to make them pay if they want to try and be that aggressive. UL can get hot from three but their offense right now is all predicated by their defense. There is not much fluidity to what they do, they just want to make the game hectic where they can get you out of position for 3s and drives. If you make them run an offense it gets ugly. We are the kind of team that is a nightmare matchup for them, IMO, and I want no part of having to beat the Florida 4 times in a season.
UL really isn't playing any better. If you are looking at how much they are scoring, it's not that different. They are playing physical, fouling defense against teams that just aren't hitting open shots.
You give credit where credit is due and the Cards are in the Elite 8. Watching them play is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Additionally, how many air balls did MSt launch last night. I counted at least 3 uncontested shots that drew nothing but AIR!
The only difference I see in the Cards is they've tried to make it a bit more frenetic and generate more scoring from transition off their D. They are still prone to MAJOR scoring droughts and nobody has been able to exploit that yet. I'm amazed at the fact they just don't have a consistent go to scorer and still win.
Exactly. UL is awful in a half-court offense. They aren't exceptionally good shooters and they really have no post game. When I say they are playing well, I don't mean in a pure aesthetic sense, but they do what they have to do to win.
They honestly remind me a little bit of VCU. They will press you and like to get steals but they really want to make you uncomfortable, which often leads to quick shots as soon as a guy gets open. When they do that they can get going in transition which sets up open 3s and drives. If they can't get easy shots they aren't going to beat a good team.
It doesn't really surprise me that Florida made it that far, and I was thinking Vandy would too.
They have the right recipe for success in NCAA tourney.
They have guard play and interior. Only issue with Florida is that they probably wanted 1 more athletic wing to make the team balanced.
Too many teams lack key components to be successful in NCAA.
Only thing i hate about UL and Florida making to Elite EIght is we have to play another game where we have played the opponent.
The West region was garbage this year 1-16. The best team UF had to play to reach the elite 8 was an overrated MQ team. The best team UofHell played was maybe the most overrated team in the country. I'm just glad we have a potential final four match up against the West. I don't care who it is, we will beat either should we advance.
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i agree UF has the players to play well against UofL. however, if i was a UF fan i would be pissed that Boynton and Walker are on my team and they are seniors. i have never seen 2 guys with more experience make so many dumb ass mistakes, jackup questionable shots early in the clock etc.
these guys just do not get possession and clock management when your coming down the stretch of the game.
they single handily kept Marquette in the game during the last 8 minutes of the game and Boynton is damn lucky he didn't get called for a Flagarent 1 we they were up 6.
i would have called it on him.
Had the EXACT same thought last night while I was watching those two games. Usually stacks up to be the weakest region. Definitely the weakest No. 1 seed every year because the 1-seed is very rarely geographically from the west coast.
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