Sports Topic Of The Day: Final 4...Of Course!!!!

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    Mar 30, 2007 6:45 PM GMT
    Time for the biggest weekend in college basketball.

    On the men's side, no Cinderellas this year. Only powerhouses take the court Saturday.

    Georgetown vs. Ohio State - Battle of 7'2" Roy Hibbert of G'Town vs. 7'1" Greg Oden of Ohio State. There hasn't been a battle of big-men this good at the Final 4 in over 20 years. The Buckeyes probably have the better guard play, but this will likely be a low-scoring game that comes down to a final shot.

    Florida vs. U.C.L.A. - Two powerhouse teams that met for the championship game last year. The Gators won that easliy, but the Bruins are a better team this year - especially on the defensive end. If Florida's starting 5 can stay out of foul trouble and stay on the court, they're really gonna be tough to beat. The Gators have sailed through the tournament without much of a challenge, so it will be interesting to see how they react if they get behind.

    I'll go with Ohio State and Florida, but anything can happen and this will probably be the best day of National Semifinals we've seen in a while.

    On the Women's side, It's two surpise teams in one semifinal and two powerhouses in the other on Sunday.

    Rutgers vs. LSU - The Scarlet Knights upset my Dukies in the Sweet 16 and are playing some of the best defense in the game. The question with them is can they score consistently. LSU is almost a mirror-image of Rutgers defensively, but they've got one BIG difference on the offensive end - 6'6" Sylvia Fowles. She's been the player of the tournament so far and Geno and UConn had no solution for her in the Regional Final.

    Tennessee vs. UNC - The Lady Vols are trying to end a 9-year drought of winning a National Championship and have the most complete player in the game in Candace Parker. The Tar Heels have the senior combo of Ivory Latta and Camille Little and tremendous speed at every position. These two met in December in Chapel Hill and the Tar Heels prevailed...but that was a long time ago.

    I'll go with LSU and UNC. I think Fowles is too much for Rutgers and the Tar Heels team speed on the perimeter will cause the Vols guard to have a rough day.

    Championship Games are Monday night for the men and Tuesday night for the women.
  • RSportsguy

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    Mar 30, 2007 8:03 PM GMT
    I picked Florida to repeat because of their experience from last year, but I would not be terribly shocked if any of the other teams would beat them for the title either. They have been playing well enough to win, but they are going to have to play much better (and smarter) if they are going to beat UCLA then Georgetown/Ohio State.