Monday, April 05, 2010

The NCAA Finals

The men's final features schools names after professions that are indications of their respective statuses in basketball. Butler could be a low-level employee of Duke, the basketball nobles. Duke's main strength against Butler is their talent down low. They don't have any world beaters in the paint, but Butler can't match Duke's size. In fact, Butler has been lucky to avoid a team with Duke's size. Matt Howard, who has been terrible all tournament, must play well.

Butler is a great defensive team. They could struggle on offense. If they experience droughts as they did against Michigan State, they will lose. But I think they'll hang in. Duke could be overconfident. They shouldn't be. This team hasn't been here before either. I've got Butler winning a low-scoring affair.

On the women's side, I'm thoroughly impressed with Mya Moore and Tina Charles. Especially, Charles, who swished beautiful hooks with either hand against a gigantic defensive star in Brittney Griner. No one shoots hooks at all, let alone that smooth, let alone with either hand.

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