After another week of voting, the 12-team tournament of professional basketball teams based on college is now down to four.
Last weeks voting resulted in, yet again, two blowouts and two extremely close match ups.
- #5. Kansas Jayhawks defeats #4. Duke Blue Devils: 51%-49%
- #6. Arizona Wildcats defeats #3. North Carolina Tar Heels: 66%-34%
- #2. Connecticut Huskies defeats #7. Kentucky Wildcats: 72%-28%
- #8. Texas Longhorns defeats #1. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: 51-49%
Now it is time to vote for the Final Four.
#5. Kansas Jayhawks vs. #8 Texas Longhorns:
|Center||LaMarcus Aldridge||Nick Collison|
|Power Forward||Damion James||Drew Gooden|
|Small Forward||Kevin Durant||Paul Pierce|
|Shooting Guard||Daniel Gibson||Kirk Hinrich|
|Point Guard||D.J. Augustin||Mario Chalmers|
|6th Man||T.J. Ford||Darrell Arthur|
This is a match-up of two very similar teams. Both are centered around scoring small forwards, with one on the rise and the other on the decline. Outside of those two, which is a fairly even match with Kevin Durant just coming out ahead, the biggest difference maker is at center. As it is, LaMarcus Aldridge is a monster who would be able to dominate Nick Collison and if need be, Drew Gooden and Darrell Arthur. Kansas has the slight edge at the guard position with veteran Kirk Hinrich and a young star on the rise in Mario Chalmers. Ultimately I think Durant would be able to control the game and move Texas on to the finals.
#2. Connecticut Huskies vs. #6. Arizona Wildcats:
|Center||Emeka Okafor||Channing Frye|
|Power Forward||Rudy Gay||Jordan Hill|
|Small Forward||Caron Butler||Andre Iguodala|
|Shooting Guard||Ray Allen||Jason Terry|
|Point Guard||Kemba Walker||Gilbert Arenas|
|6th Man||Richard Hamilton||Mike Bibby|
If any of these games actually took place, this is the one I would want to see most. There is so much good to very good NBA talent on these two squads that would lead to a very interesting match-up. Both have NBA and NCAA Champions with a good mix of seasoned veterans and some intriguing youth. Immediately I have to say UConn is the favorite just because of their slight size and scoring advantage. It is hard to contain that many shooters even if you have Andre Iguodala. And while Arizona does boast three capable guards, I just don’t know if they can outdo the likes of Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Caron Butler and Rudy Gay. I think UConn can overcome the inexperience at point guard to win this match-up.