Sunday, March 27, 2011

Favored Cats still get no Love

Vegas has our boys in blue favored by 1.5 against UNC today. That was the spread when they played back on December 4th when the Cats lost a heart breaker by 2 in Chapel Hill. In that game both Terrence Jones and Josh Harrellson fouled out with significant time left on the clock.

Both of these teams are much different since that game. UNC looked like a team that would be returning to the NIT and the Cats were up and down, still learning to play together. Now both teams seem to be on a roll and playing some of their best basketball.
The Cats have won their last 9 out of 10, won an SEC tournament championship and beat the #1 overall seed Ohio State. UNC has won 12 out of 13 but has the most recent loss when they went down to Duke in the ACC tournament in a 75-58 butt whooping.

The Tarheels have also had the easier road in the tournament but struggled to beat a feisty Washington team. Kentucky has had to deal with upstart Princeton, a very tough West Virginia team and beat what many seem to have thought was the best team in the tournament Ohio State.

Despite both teams looking good,both teams having strong big men, both teams having young McDonald's All Americans, you can't find many people picking the Cats to go to the Final Four.

Hubert Davis, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas all picked the Tarheels this morning. All the polls on ESPN have the nation picking UNC over UK. Haven't we seen this before?

At least when everybody was picking Ohio State they were saying that it was going to be a tough win. Not now. Everybody is saying that UNC is going to win pretty convincingly because of Tyler Zeller, even though Jorts just went toe-to-toe with the nation's top center and came away with a draw.

The Cats are again playing underdogs. They seem to like that roll. UK is 0-3 to North Carolina in Elite Eights. They WERE 0-5 against Ohio State in the tournament. The Cats are undefeated this season when playing teams that they have lost to once already. I like our chances.

This might be a little corny, but it's the Elite Eight. Time to get pumped:

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