Monday, April 7, 2008

2008 NCAA Basketball National Championship

Here is a quick look at the starting lineups and who might have the edge in each matchup for tonight's NCAA basketball championship game.

Kansas vs. Memphis

PG – Derrick Rose (Memphis) vs. Mario Chalmers (Kansas)
Of course the edge goes to Rose a little bit since I believe he’s the best player on the court tonight. But don’t give him to much of an edge because Mario Chalmers can flat out play. He’s by far the most talented player on KU’s roster and he’s got nuts the size of Sam Cassell. Any big shot will be his to take and I don’t look for him to be scared one bit tonight in the national spotlight. Rose might have worked his way up to be the #1 player taken in next years NBA draft but he’ll have his hands full tonight.

SG – Antonio Anderson (Memphis) vs. Russell Robinson (Kansas)
Both are role players but personally think Anderson will be a bigger factor tonight. Robinson is the most overrated player on the floor tonight but he might get the assignment to guard Rose when they are playing man-to-man. He’s not strong enough to cover Rose and his offensive game is basically non-existent. Anderson usually knocks down a couple big 3’s throughout the game and I think he’ll be steady tonight. Edge goes to Anderson.

SF – Chris Doughlas-Roberts (Memphis) vs. Brandon Rush (Kansas)
This is the biggest matchup of the night for me. CDR is the better player but Rush is KU’s perimeter shooter and when he goes this team goes. He’ll need to score 15+ tonight for KU to be in this game and must contain CDR when they are playing man-to-man. I don’t know what the scouting report on CDR has been throughout this tournament but the guy shoots like a sissy from outside 10 feet so give him some fucking space and make him shoot jump shots. If you attempt to pressure him at all you might as well call it a night because he’ll teach you things off the dribble. I give the edge to CDR but Rush has a chance to knock down some 3’s and keep KU in this game.

PF – Robert Dozier (Memphis) vs. Darrell Arthur (Kansas)
I think KU must exploit this matchup because Dozier cannot stay with Arthur on the low block. Arthur is much stronger and should be able to use that size for some easy buckets and also on the offensive glass. KU runs high-low about as good as any team in the country and must be looking to feed Arthur early and often. Dozier has a tendency to get into foul trouble early and don’t see that changing tonight being overmatched by Arthur and rest of KU’s bigs. Edge goes to Arthur.

C – Joey Dorsey (Memphis) vs. Darnell Jackson (Kansas)
Darnell Jackson is close to being the most improved player in college basketball this year. He’s been consistent throughout the season scoring and rebounding which must continue tonight. Dorsey will be doing everything in his power to keep Jackson off the block on defense and hits the offensive glass as hard as any player in this tournament. Jackson better be ready to use some pump fakes otherwise most of his shots will be going into the 7th row. Dorsey has been an unsung hero in this tournament, not getting much attention but he owns the lane defensively and has been a force on the offensive and defensive glass. KU better attempt to get Dorsey into foul trouble early otherwise points might be scarce.

Coach John Calipari (Memphis) vs. Coach Bill Self (Kansas)
I hate both these guys. Self usually chokes in big games and Calipari saying his teams piss poor FT shooting doesn’t matter. It hasn’t yet John, but if this game comes down to the last possession or two I would foul Joey Dorsey any day of the week because he’s worse than Shaq from the line. Both these tools are big time pussies and to tell you the truth don’t want either to win a title. Of course one will have to tonight so I’m going with Kansas in a mini-upset tonight over Memphis 77-74.

Tears will be in our eyes after the game when we listen to the greatest post-tournament song “One Shining Moment”.


Dogg said...

Sharon Collins deserves a huge pat on the back after last night. He contained Derrick Rose for most of the game and the play of the game was his steal, save and then knocking down the huge 3 from the corner to cut it to 4 with just over a minute left. Congrats to KU and they were enjoyable to watch all year being this year's Florida, the ultimate team.

Mr. Cue said...

Congrats to Kansas, they are well deserving of the championship. That said, what a crappy night. I lost out on $100 bucks in the team draft, lost both my Memphis bet and the Over, finished dead last in my work pool, and now I have to listen to Kansas fans brag about this for god knows how long. I'm sure glad those free throws don't matter J Cal...

Dogg said...

After being a moron with those FT statements he had no other choice than to take blame for the loss. I believe a coach can only do so much with his players and shooting FT's comes from the player. Calipari wasn't using his head when saying his team's poor FT shooting wasn't a concern for him. Well, in a tournament format it's going to eventually stab you in the back and boy did it ever in the biggest game of his and his players' career.