Thursday, March 24, 2005

Three of four = not bad

So the only game I honked was Arizona-Ok. State, and it took a phenominal shooting display (63%) by the Wildcats to make me wrong. Give credit to Joey Graham for showing up BIG with 26 points, but John Lucas came up small in a game where his team needed a major contribution. My question: why was OSU, with a coach known for his defensive strategy, completely unable to stop the 'Zona pick-and-roll? 'Zona's hot shooting never cooled off because the Wildcats were able to pick apart the OSU traps, find open shooters and execute.

I'm impressed that once again WVU outscrapped its opponent. John Beilein's coaching stock is rising quickly, especially considering that after tomorrow WVU will likely be the Big East's last remaining team in the Tourney.

And now the $64 question: can Illinois beat a major conference team in this Tournament? Do the Illini have an impressive game in them? Scratching and clawing with the #12 seed for 32 minutes, when UWM had only one player who belonged on the court with the Illini, is not liable to shatter the heavens.

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