After a exciting and surprising tournament, the Final Four is set. North Carolina will battle the streaking Villinova Wildcats, while UConn hopes to down Michigan State in their home state. Did anybody see this combination of teams in the Final Four? Not many, I had UNC and Villanova, but didn’t think Michigan State and UConn had a chance, but that’s why they play the games. With two top seeds out, Pitt and Louisville, North Carolina has become the favorite, but all the other teams have great chances to win it all as well.
North Carolina: Since becoming North Carolina’s head coach in 2003, Roy Williams is back in the Final Four for the third time, his 7th overall. With a healthy Ty Lawson and Tyler Hansbrough this team is going to hard to beat. Hansbrough, Ellington and Lawson didn’t come back to make it to Detroit, but to win it all. By the way, the Tarheels have been my title pick all season.
Villanova: Jay Wright has led Villanova back to the top of the hill. They survived a tough season in the Big East and had Pitt’s number all year. They are very athletic, and have shown that they can buckle down on the defensive end of the court. If they get hot and play a perfect game, they have a chance to take down the Tarheels, but likely this is the end of the road for the Wildcats.
Michigan State: The Spartans are back in the Final Four, Tom Izzo has led each of his senior classes to the promised land since he began at MSU. Though they weren’t expected to make it this far, they’ve shown that defense gives you a chance to beat anyone, Louisville found out first hand. If they control the pace of the game against UConn, we’ll see the Spartans in the championship game.
UConn: Despite the rumors of recruiting violations, the Huskies have look unbeatable through most of the tournament. Price, Thabeet and Adrian have been consistent and displayed remarkable senior leadership. If UConn dictates the game against the Spartans they will emerge victorious, but if they are forced to play a slow down half court game, they don’t have a chance, but history is on their side. The two previous times they have played in an Arizona regional and coach Jim Calhoun missed a tournament game they went on to win the national championship, in 1999 and 2004. Thus far, they played in Arizona and Jim Calhoun missed a game, will history repeat itself?