Saturday night’s NCAA games were both spectacular, with both Memphis and Kansas showing how and why they will meet in tonight’s Championship Game by thoroughly trashing two–let’s not beat around the bush–over-matched opponents.
Hey, Kansas beat North Carolina by two points more than they beat Villanova, ‘sall I’m sayin’.
This year’s NCAA tourney, overall, has been one of the best in recent years. I figure that’s because–and I’m going against my own heart and inclinations here–the favorites pretty much dominated after the first two rounds. Only Davidson was an unexpected intruder in the final round of eight. There are the rare underdogs who make it all the way, some who make it to the Final Four, but, mostly, when we get down to the nitty, their dreams are crushed in blowouts that just aren’t that much fun. Not this year.
I dunno who’s gonna win tonight and I have reasons to root for both teams. I haven’t even seen any lines so far, but I have to figure Memphis is the favorite. It all will come down to how well the Kansas defense can slow them down, especially Brandon Rush, plus keep Joey Dorsey from getting every damned rebound. Of course, Memphis will have to cope with two of the best college guards I’ve seen in a long time, Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas Roberts. In this game, with these teams, who have played one another in 21 years, scoring is gonna happen, no matter how well the defenses play.
The last time the met, in 1987, Kansas won 64-62. As Dick Jerardi says in today’s Philadelphia Daily News, that might be the halftime score tonight.