Down to the nitty-gritty here now you guys - the Final Four is upon us!
First, let me say that I was 100% sure that all of the No. 1 seeds were NOT going to make it to this point (and shame on you if you thought they were)! Second, let me say that I am absolutely salty that Louisville let me down (go back to the Yum Yum Center boys) because I had so much faith that they would make it here and they didn't. My bracket thanks you, not!
Anyway, we have Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Duke.
Up to this point I really thought that Kentucky was going to breeze through this tournament without a problem. So I was wrong (you'll probably never hear that from a woman again, ha). Notre Dame really almost put the Wildcats to bed the other night. And had the Irish not used that last timeout so early and/or Grant not taken that terrible shot with three defenders around him we may be discussing them and not Kentucky. But we're not.
Again, anyway, Kentucky is a team that can be defeated and we saw that the other night (and several other times this season) but it seems as though their opponents are always running out of gas in the last 3 minutes. But if Kentucky plays the way they did against Notre Dame - Wisconsin will be in the championship and they will have that one loss lingering over them FOR-EV-ER!
On the other side, Sam Dekker has been playing phenomenally and if someone doesn't put the lid on him - the Badgers are going to the big show. And Wisconsin has other players that Kentucky should worry about as well - Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes, Treason Jackson, just to name a few. And with the slow style of play it could go either way honestly. My bracket is pulling for Kentucky though, duh!
Now with Duke and Michigan State - my bracket says Duke but we can't think of the Spartans as an underdog per se. Izzo has those young men on a momentum high. I mean who thought the No. 7 seed was going to make it this far really? And then even beating teams like Virginia, Oklahoma and Louisville (that all had Final Four potential). Duke has a great offensive set on their side but the Michigan State defense has answer for that from what I can see. As the coach in my favorite movie says "Offense sells tickets but defense wins games" (that's Love and Basketball for all those that may be lost).
Anyway, I'm 3 for 4 in the Final Four and I really want the championship to be Kentucky/Duke as i predicted but I honestly think, for the sake of excitement, I would be ok with any outcome.