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I really wish we were playing Thursday morning because I am already back to where I have been on recruiting for a number of years and am sick of hearing about it. It is just not worth getting too worked up about until we start losing a bunch of games because of it and will continue to operate on the Bill Self will figure it out theory until I am given reason to change my stance. I also have a firm belief that, much as Larry Brown once said, the world is round.
This year I am not sure we could ask for a lot more. We get a chance to go to the Final Four playing games in Kansas City and Dallas. Hopefully we can take advantage.
The boys ended the season playing so well in KC. The tell-tale game, IMO, will be Michigan or VCU in the Sweet 16 if we get to that point. VCU I think we handle. Michigan...that's a brutal matchup for us. We get that one and I'm feeling really confident versus FLorida.
Michigan just does not worry me as much as they probably should. But I think their defense is a major problem. We can do to them what Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State did and deny them the ability to score easily. They have not looked comfortable in those kind of games. They are 1-4 against teams with top 10 defenses so far this year and we would be the second best defense they have faced behind Wisconsin.
There is always the possibility that Burke could flat ass shoot us out of a game. But such are the breaks and it goes both ways. If Releford and McLemore are hitting shots we become damn near impossible to beat as well.
I'm more worried getting past UNC. If we play our game we'll take them walking away, but if they start burying 3's and we have a slightly off game... I know we've owned Roi in the Self years but I'm feeling a bit antsy about this one.
Live to love, love to live
Yeah. I am not thrilled with that game (if it comes to pass) but I am comforted by the fact that McAdoo really can't pull Withey away from the rim. If we are going to go down it ought to be with him making a ton of shots from about 15 feet. I will say the same basic prayer I always do before the first two weekends.
"Lord, grant me one more weekend of basketball and then feel free to leave the Final Four to run its course however you please."
To me, the key this year is the Sweet 16 matchup. I'm nervous about either VCU ("HAVOC") or Michigan (Burke), but given five days to prepare, I feel a LOT better. Beyond that, all the big-boy teams that really scare me the most are on the opposite side of the bracket, and while Florida is amazingly efficient, I really like our chances against anyone on our side. If we match up with Louisville, Michigan State, Duke, or Ohio State? So be it - it would be for a TITLE, just like last year's potential to match up with Kentucky (or 2010 Kentucky or 2011 Ohio State, neither of which came to fruition anyway).
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