As i said in an earlier post, this team has very very quietly put together one of the best records in the country, all while avoiding any and every spotlight. Can Michigan St. slide in one more time undetected and pull off yet another upset? As much as i have been hating on the Connecticut Huskies since the beginning of the tournament my answer is going to have to be "no". UConn has returned to its true form from the beginning of the season, and is now... once again... FINALLY living up to all expectations. I think that State will be able to keep it close for a while, but at the end of the day, i'm looking at a Huskies victory.
PICK: UConn -4.0
The second matchup on Saturday, could be one the greatest game of the entire tournament... or it could be the biggest flop. First we have number three Villanova coming from the Big East. The Wildcats wave had quite the run, and have knocked off some very formidable opponents along the way in Duke and Pitt. On the other hand we have a team in UNC that was dubbed "the best college team EVER" at the beginning of the season, and have looked to live up to all the hype in the tournament, knocking off each and every opponent with ease.
At the beginning of this tournament i would have taken any Big East team over a team from any other conference. They were just that tough of a conference. Right now, however; i just can't see myself taking Villanova to beat this Carolina squad. You guard them down low and they beat you on the perimeter. You guard the outside shot and they dominate the paint. Once you think you have this team figured out, they take you to the next level. And to be able to shut down Blake Griffin the way they did... sure he had 23/16 but he didn't control the pace, and wasn't able to dictate the way he had through the entire season/tournament... these Tar Heels are legit.
PICK: UNC -7.0