Thursday, April 1, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
SEC teams terminated
“The Devils,” you say! That could have been the exclamation, or lamentation, that came from any one of us who thought that the Kentucky Wildcats would be the SEC team which would waltz its way to Indianapolis and the Final Four.
Robert Swinford of Synergy Gas in Holly Springs, not unlike yours truly, figured the Wildcats had the juice. After all, they were the number two overall of the number ones in the field of 65. And the way they had shed their early dancing partners, it just seemed practical to assume that their first major test would be Cornell, the Ivy League entry. But the Big Red was not formidable enough. They put up a better fight than the Demon Deacons (Wake Forest) but still went down by almost 20 points. Then on Saturday, they tangled with the Mountaineers of West Virginia. The Mountain men had not leveled their muskets at an opponent this deep into the NCAA woods in about a half century.
Given, the Wildcats are, man for man, a young team with its most productive performers being freshmen. But they had comported themselves in a manner which had gained admiration in their league and the early rounds of the NCAA brackets. But Ole Kaintuck was cold from the tip on long-range bombing. They couldn’t buy a basket from trey land until the last four minutes of the game. Conversely, the West Virginia muskets could only hit threes. The math is obvious – almost as obvious as the Mountaineers’ Final Four dance after the final buzzer.
The Wildcats’ demise left a single number one seed, yeah, the Duke Blue Devils. Any hopes of seeing a finals clash with all SEC foes was bounced. And the SEC participation was terminated on Sunday when the Vols duked it out with the Spartans. The Spartans would be the only team returning to the Final Four from a year ago. The Vols had already made history by making it to the Elite Eight. The pairing was finalized on Sunday afternoon when Duke ended the Baylor Bears’ historic run. The Final Four will consist of two fives (Butler and Michigan State), a three (West Virginia) and a one (Duke).
I must admit that I was a bit distracted on Saturday. It is common knowledge that we SEC fans love Pat Summit and the Lady Vols. Well, yours truly had heard so much about the freshman phenom which Baylor was going to send against the Lady Vols and their 32-3 record, I just had to turn aside to bear witness. The 6’8” Brittney Griner is deserving of all of the hype. The word is that she has been dunking since the secondary level.
I had figured that it would be the Lady Vols who would “out mush” the Lady Huskies (UConn) this season, but it just might take a Lady Bear.
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