Fitzgerald's Final Four
Published Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 3:35 PM
Updated Thursday, July 23, 2009, 5:28 PM
UConn coach Jim Calhoun
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The 2009 Volume of the NCAA Tournament nears its final chapter. How will this year’s story end? Can Tyler Hansbrough end his illustrious college career as an NCAA champion? Or will UConn overcome injuries and off-court issues to be number one? Will Michigan State capture glory at home? Are the Wildcats destined for greatness?
Here is how I see the Final Four Match-Ups:
reached the round of four by snatching victory from the jaws of the Pittsburgh Panthers
in their Eastern Regional Final showdown 78-76 . Nova’s Scottie Reynolds
’ game winner against their division rivals with 0.5 seconds left has entered the pantheon of NCAA clutch shots. The Wildcats will count on the cunning, quickness, athleticism and solid defense of guard Reynolds
, forward Dante Cunningham
, and guard/forward Derek Anderson
to help Villanova continue its fairytale run.
My Pick: North Carolina
has twice made it past the regionals in Phoenix
, becoming national champions in 1999 and 2004. The Huskies
find themselves in the same position this year. Ranking first in tournament team defense, assist to turnover ratio and second in scoring, Jim Calhoun
’s squad appears, statistically, the team to beat.The Huskies are anchored by center Hashem Thabeet
, led by guard A.J. Price
, and steadied by forwards Jeff Adrien
and Stanley Robinson
. Freshman guard Kemba Walker
contributed a game-high 23 points and five assists off the bench in the Huskies 82-75 defeat of Missouri
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