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3/11: NCAAB Team Talk

March 11th 2011 16:04
Kemba Walker put up a crazy and amazing shot, as he has done all year, to win it for UConn. They beat my favorite team, Pittsburgh, but the Big East Player of the Year's team's victory doesn't make Pittsburgh any worse. Buzzer beaters are really unlucky for the opposing team, and I thought Pitt outplayed Connecticut during that game. Ashton Gibbs had 27, and he is an incredible scorer especially when you factor in his team's style and his conference's style.

Pittsburgh is one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, and they are the toughest. If people start to sleep on Pitt just because of this loss and the Louisville loss- and St. John's too, although that was due to more horrible officiating- they must be reminded that those teams are extremely difficult conference teams that barely survived right at the wire. Pitt isn't going to lose those kinds of games all the time, and they will definitely step it up in the tournament. Nasir Robinson is solid, Brad Wanamaker is the team's heart, Gary McGhee can defend, Gilbert Brown is a nice scoring option, and Dante Taylor is solid too. This is a deep team that is the third best team behind OSU and KU respectively.

Michigan State really needs to make it to the semifinals at least in the Big 10 tournament. If not, my second favorite team must take a seat in tournament time. That won't bode too well with Izzo. Players like Kalin Lucas really need to step up. They won without him last year, but that was last year. Michigan State- mostly another guy that needs to step-up, Durrell Summers- looked like they were stepping up yesterday to the public eye in their narrow 66-61 win over Iowa. But we have to remember, this is Iowa guys! They're a poor team. Winning against them by 5 points because somebody played well down the wire isn't good enough. They aren't figuring themselves out. They desperately need to scrap some games together to get to the semis.

Texas is a team that nobody has been talking about recently. I find them eerily similar to Kansas, and I would ignore their last season "collapse". Texas is a really good team that boards, scores, and has Tristan Thompson to defend like mad. They have him and Jordan Hamilton for goodness sakes! Four of their players are averaging double-digit points this season. Their three losses in the "collapse" where to a hot Kansas State team riding on the beastliness of Jacob Pullen. K State is no slouch having been one of the top ranked teams heading into the preseason.

Colorado was the other loss, and that was an away game by 2 points that came right at the very end because of Alec Burks. They lost by three in an away game that was in their conference against Nebraska. They were the best team in the country in terms of the average margin of defeat, and they were 2nd in their conference to only Kansas. Yeah, the 2nd best team in the nation. Texas is fine.
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Comment by Joe Soriano

March 11th 2011 17:05
Reminder: Ben Hansborough was the Big East POY, but Walker should have gotten it.

Comment by nbageek

March 12th 2011 00:19
I think it should of been co-player of the year as both Walker and Hansborough mean so much to their teams. Michigan State and Purdue will turn out to be a great game on now.

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