UNC and Duke certainly have a shot at the Final Four, but can they realistic compete for the National Title? ACC fans will tell you that. And hey, they have a point. For UNC its all about getting healthy. Lawson needs to run that team and lead them to the promise land. Will it happen? Probably not, don’t get me wrong, I have UNC as a Final 4 team, but I have been saying it all season, a team that relies heavily on Tyler Hansbrough will never win any championship. From the begin of the season, I thought the Heels were as good as anyone on paper, but the development of Deon Thompson was critical. Hansbrough is a solid, even dare I say great, regular season college player, but when you get into a one game format, where athleticism and basketball abiiity are so important, Hansbrough just doesn’t match up. The Heels still rely on this over-achiever to be their go-to-guy, and thats why they can’t win it all.
Duke is young, athletic, sharp shooting, but deathly small. I love their defense intensity, and like that up to 6 different guys can lead the team in scoring on any given night. What I don’t like is the severe lack of inside presence. Zoubek? Thomas? come on. Duke is good enough to get to the Elite Eight, if all goes right. Thats their ceiling. Coach K has done a great job this season, one of his best as a coach. But the talent just isn’t there this season.
For the record, my Final 4 right now is UCLA, Memphis, UNC, Mississippi State (sleeper)
I thought yesterday’s loss by Memphis was critical, the Tigers needed some modesty. Calipari will use this game as a learning tool, and drive this team to the title.
Memphis wins it all over UCLA in the finals.