Posted on: March 28, 2010 7:57 pm

And so ends the shootout...

Get ready for one of the lowest scoring final fours in a long time. Butler vs Michigan State, and Duke vs West Virginia. 
The 78 points Duke scored against Baylor were the highest they had in this tournament, and 2nd highest among the remaining teams, behind the 85 scored by Michigan State. Speaking of that, after the 85-83 win over Maryland, MSU's highest point total was 70. Butler scored 77 in round one, and never passed 63 afterward.
Duke scored the most points combined of the 4 teams, yet none combined for 300 yet. (289-287-284-257. Thanks for low scores butler!)
Average score: 69.8 to 59.6. First one to 70 wins? or first to 60?
Apparently, the line for the Duke-WVU game is 131. Duke averaged 72.25 points this tourney, WVU averaged 71.25. I'll take the over then by that measure (Don't gamble though)
The Line for the MSU-Butler game is 126. MSU averaged 71 PPG (66.3 without the 85 skew), Butler, 64.25 (60 without the 77 skew). I'd stay away (or take the under, but again, save your money, don't gamble)
Posted on: March 27, 2010 10:46 pm

What have I learned so far?

This is what i learned tournament told me at least, as we head into the final four (Aside from how to spell Farokhmanesh and who is Omar Samhan): 

1.  Age trumps talent. Starting lineup summary for the 6 remaining teams: West Virginia has one freshman in their starting rotation (Kevin Jones), Butler uses none, Duke sparingly uses two freshman (Mason Plumlee and Andre Dawkins), Baylor spares on (Dennis), Tennessee spares one (Kenny Hall), and Michigan State spares Nix and Sims. When I say spares, I mean around 7-10 minutes a game

2.  As most experts kinda saw coming: the seeding sucked this year. Let's name examples by listing some choice teams by their end of reg-season ranking by the AP (March 15) and their seeding in this tournament:

·     #11 Butler--5th seeded in the West bracket (Come on, that's 3-seed territory, and Butler was on a hot streak before the tourney)

·     #13 Michigan State--again, 5th seeded in the Midwest Bracket (4 seed territory, and MSU is in the Big Ten, so even less of an excuse)

·     #15 Tennessee--6th seeded in the Midwest Region (Again, 4-seed territory, Beat Kentucky and Kansas along the way.)

·     And the exception: #19 Baylor—3rd seeded in the South Region (that’s 5 seed territory…closest we have to Cinderella) [Duke is 3rd and WVU is 6th, and got good rankings]

3.     Coaching makes a bigger impact here than the player—regarded as the best players in this tournament:

·          John Wall, Kentucky PG

·          Evan Turner, Ohio State Every position

·          DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky C

·          Wesley Johnson, Syracuse SF

·          Sherron Collins, Kansas SG

·          Literally every other Kansas and Kentucky player.

Considered the best coaches in this tournament:

·          Tom Izzo, Michigan State

·          Mike Krzyzewski, Duke

·          Bob Huggins, WVU

·          Umm, John Calipari, Kentucky

·          Bill Self, Kansas

·          Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

·          (To some extent) Bruce Pearl, Tennessee

4.     I love the 2007 recruiting class:

·          Derrick Rose

·          Michael Beasley

·          Kevin Love

·          O.J. Mayo

·          Eric Gordon

·          Kyle Singler

·          Lacedarius Dunn

·          James Anderson

·          Nolan Smith

·          Cole Aldrich

·          Kalin Lucas

·          Patrick Patterson, etc (Blake Griffin, and many others)

5.     This is a great tournament, and I think the winner will be the best defensive team of the ones left (by that account, Michigan State over West Virginia, 69-63)

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