Thursday, March 29, 2007

Final Four predictions

#1 Ohio State vs. #2 Georgetown
Although Ohio State is the 1 seed in this game, Georgetown is favored by a point. It's easy to see why with Georgetown having so much more experience than the young Buckeyes. Both teams could be considered teams of destiny, with Ohio State needing miracle escapes against Xavier and Tennesee, and Georgetown needing miracle escapes against Vanderbilt and North Carolina. This clash of teams of destiny should be a great one. Georgetown has the edge in the frontcourt, with 7-2 C Roy Hibbert, 6-9 F Jeff Green, 6-8 F DeJaun Summers, and 6-8 F Patrick Ewing Jr. leading the way. Green is the Big East player of the year this year, and it could be argued that at this point in time Hibbert is as good a big man as Greg Oden. Ohio State will counter with Oden and a front line mixture of 6-10 F Othello Hunter, 6-11 F Matt Teriwilliger, and 6-8 F David Lighty. I think that Lighty will do the best defensive job on Green in this game, and Lighty has been so well on offense lately that he is no longer a liability. While the Hoyas may have the front court advantage, Ohio State's backcourt is well above Georgetown's. While Jessie Sapp and Jonathon Wallace are nice guards, Mike Conley Jr., Jamar Butler, Daequan Cook, and Ron Lewis are much more prolific scorers. I see this game going down to the wire, with both Oden and Hibbert being in a little bit of foul trouble. With that said, I think Ohio State's guards will lead them to a close victory, with Lewis and Conley hitting big shots down the stretch.
Ohio State 70, Georgetown 66

#1 Florida vs. #2 UCLA
This championship game rematch promises to be much close than the game last year. Florida is hell-bent on pulling off back-to-back national titles, but UCLA wants revenge from last year. Although they played a slow-down, defensive style for most of the year, UCLA showed that they can play with an athletic, fast-paced team when they best Kansas in the regional final. UCLA is led by guards Darren Collison, Arron Afflalo, and Josh Shipp. Florida has the definite frontcourt advantage with Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Chris Richard. UCLA counters that frontcourt with Lorenzo Mata, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and Alfred Aboya. While UCLA's guards will keep them in the game until the end, I think that Florida's will and determination, along with their frontcourt advantage, will lead them to the victory.
Florida 78, UCLA 70

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