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April 4, 2008

Final Four in San Antonio

Filed under: ncaa tourney — Tags: , , , — Peter Edmiston @ 5:40 pm

What a thrill it is to be in San Antonio for the Final Four. This is a real blessing, and I am thankful for the chance to see such fantastic basketball. Eli Savoie and I drove from Memphis to San Antonio yesterday afternoon, and it is an even longer drive than I remember from last year. Possibly because Eli was in the car with me.

Good thing we left when we did, because a tornado went ripping through Little Rock not too long after we drove through, and I hear there’s been some flooding in Memphis today. Hope everyone’s OK back home. We arrived last night at about 1 am and promptly went to sleep, as I had to wake up and do the show this morning at 6. Not much sleep. Then off to the Alamodome to check out the open practice sessions and media day. No time to even grab a quick cerveza on the Riverwalk or anything! I’ll be making up for that oversight in a few hours anyway…

As ever, the Tigers open practice was merely a walkthrough of the most pedestrian sort – free throws, a few jumpers, a few layups, not really any actual drills to speak of. And just like always, the Tigers walked off the floor with about 12 minutes left in the session. Cal hates these things, and they really don’t serve a huge basketball purpose. But it’s nice for the fans to get a chance to check out the teams in the Final Four. Kevin Love put on quite a show during UCLA’s practice session – he made a shot from all the way across the court. The full 94 feet. He was also popping threes like nobody’s business – the dude is a good player. He will be a handful for Dorsey or whomever it is guarding him tomorrow afternoon.

Even without Andre Allen, the Tigers were a friendly and confident bunch, and there’s no question they’ve carried over the good vibes they built up in Houston. I don’t know if they’ve got another flawless weekend in them, but if they can come anywhere close to matching the games against Michigan State or Texas here in San Antonio, they will win the national championship. The other teams are respecting the Tigers’ ability and athleticism quite a bit more than before, as you would imagine. But no one here is intimidated. These four teams are all fantastic and worthy of title consideration.

Predictions?

Memphis 74 UCLA 65 – too much Rose/CDR and not enough Love.

UNC 85 Kansas 73 – the Jayhawks will struggle to cover Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Tyler Hansbrough, but it will be Danny Green who has a huge night.

I’ll try to post some pictures from today a bit later on.

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