I am a little late on this, but I was on Spring Break in Myrtle Beach over the majority of the tournament (it should be recognized that I didn’t miss a single minute of a Kentucky game however). I was very impressed with how the team played. I knew right away what the gameplan against Ohio State should be; let Harrellson take on Sullinger, just don’t let them dish out for the three. And they didn’t. Ohio State has a very balanced team. They have a big man inside to even out the floor for their deadly three point shooters. You can’t give them open looks or they will kill you. Kentucky played a very disciplined brand of basketball and were able to capitalize on the offensive end of the court. Ohio State hadn’t seen such a talented defensive team this season.
With North Carolina, it wasn’t so easy. Ohio State’s team is not as long and athletic as Kentucky’s. However, North Carolina’s was very close. I knew it wouldn’t be as easy to take advantage of particular matchups. They were able to frustrate North Carolina’s team in the first half and never caved in the second. A big key to the victory was getting John Henson in foul trouble early. Harrison Barnes (whom I have no respect for) tried valiantly in the second half to help the Tar Heels back in to it. His efforts fell short however. He can work on pushing off with his forearm some more during the offseason. Best of luck to you Harrison. You chose to play for an idiot, so you’ll need it.
Now, on to the Final Four (you can see yourself out, Harrison). How do you plan for Connecticut? Last time we met up with them, it was the Kemba Walker show. I don’t expect that to change. I think the best way to go about this game is by letting Harrellson handle Oriakhi one on one. Let Brandon guard Kemba, but Brandon should receive help when he drives. Put DeAndre on Jeremy Lamb and don’t let him get going. Make Kemba beat you. Don’t let the supporting cast beat you. I think by putting Brandon on Kemba with help, Kentucky can win this game. They have to keep hitting their shots though. I am still going to take Connecticut, because I haven’t expected UK to win the last two and in case this is a trend, I’m not picking the Cats.
Go Big Blue! I can’t wait until Saturday…