Tuesday, April 14, 2009

NCAA Tournament, NBA Style - Elite 8

The cream of the crop rises to the top as only the 1's and 2's remain. Winners earn a ticket to the Final Four.

East Region

(1) North Carolina 81, (2) Florida 71: Florida puts up a valiant effort despite the fact their guards are clearly inferior to those of the Heels. Raymond Felton abuses Anthony Roberson and North Carolina is on it's way to Vegas (site of the Banter Final Four). Game MVP: Raymond Felton - 20 points, 13 assists.

Midwest Region

(1) UConn 103, (2) Kansas 100 (OT): An incredible end to end game decided on a buzzer-beating three by Ray Allen. Emeka Okafor blocks 13 shots. Mario Chalmers records 12 steals. A game few will forget anytime soon. Game MVP: Ray Allen - 32 points including seven 3's.

South Region

(2) Arizona 80, (1) Duke 64: As has been the case in recent memory, Duke puts up a stinker in a meaningful tournament game. Blue Devils not named J.J. miss 14 of 20 free throws, and Duke shoots 30% from the floor. The Wildcats assert their dominance in the transition game (24 fast break points). Game MVP: Mike Bibby - 18 points, 13 assists.

West Region

(2) Wake Forest 77, (1) UCLA 72: The Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul matchup lives up to the billing as each go for eight assists and four steals. Much to the dismay of the Bruins, Tim Duncan continues his torrid streak, and Darius Songalia hits a few clutch jumpers to seal the deal. Game MVP: Tim Duncan - 30 points, 15 rebounds.

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