That K-State-Xavier game was as good as it gets, especially when it came to the guard play. We expected we would get an entertaining, up-and-down game, and it didn't disappoint. Both teams really shot it well. There's nothing like watching great guards play.
Syracuse was just so out of sync offensively ... I've been saying for a long time that, for all the attention that is paid to Syracuse's zone defense, really they were just fabulous offensively this year. They led the country in field goal percentage. Butler did a really good job in the half-court defense, but I think the real problem for Syracuse was the absence of
The other big problem for the Orange tonight was their carelessness with the ball, as evidenced by the 18 turnovers. They have been a little careless with the ball this season, and 18 isn't
A close second would be the foul at the end of regulation on Xavier's Holloway. That whole sequence was crazy. First, Kansas State was trying to commit the foul before
Now, we've always known that the Kentucky have the highest ceiling. The concern with the Wildcats is they just tend to lose focus at times. For some reason, they came out in the second half and thought it was a good idea to start jacking up three-pointers. That's one thing they don't do all that well, and you can see the temptation when Cornell is just sitting back in a zone, but Cornell was so overmatched in the interior that there was no excuse not to work the ball into the paint. Did they forget that they have a guy named
That Kentucky-West Virginia game is really going to be special. Truthfully, that appears to be the national championship. Those are the two best teams in the tournament right now, and they're playing in the regional final. If I were doing an AP ballot tonight, I guess I may put Duke at No. 2 (behind Kentucky), but I think you can definitely make the case that Kentucky and West Virginia are the two best teams remaining right now.