Friday, April 1, 2011

The Eve Before the Final Four: Keys to Victory

Just in case you didn't know, the Wildcats are playing in the Final four a little over 24 hours from now.

The main things the Cats need to do in order to ensure victory:

  • Contain Kemba Walker as best as they can. He is going to get his, that's inevitable, they just need to make sure he doesn't put up 50.

  • If Walker does his thing, don't let Lamb or anybody else get more than 10 points. We saw this when the Cats played Ohio State and North Carolina. Jared Sullinger had a big game, but no other OSU player did. Tyler Zeller had a big game and Harrison Barnes played ok, but the rest of UNC did not.

  • Hold the Huskies to 64 points or less. The Cats have done this in every game in the tournament so far. Their defense has been outstanding and it needs to continue.

  • Brandon Knight needs to limit turnovers and Josh Harellson needs 15 points and 8 rebounds. So far this has not been an issue.

  • Terrence Jones needs to keep doing what he is doing. And what he is doing is trading scoring for passing, rebounding, blocking and defending. Jones has morphed into more of a role player and it has been working like a charm.

  • Liggins or Miller need to score in double digits. So far one of them has in every game in the tournament.

  • John Calipari must keep his team's heads clear and focused. The killer instinct and the chip on their shoulder they have exhibited must continue to be a part of their game.

  • Guard the lane and the post. UConn is not a very good shooting team. Most of their points come from Walker, Lamb or Shabazz Napier driving into the lane. They either score, get fouled or dish it to a big man for an open look under the basket.

If these things happen, pencil the Cats into the title game.

Go Cats. #revenge

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