Saturday, March 26, 2011

Recap of Friday's Sweet 16

Someone uploaded Tom Leach and Mike Pratt's call of the final three posessions of the Kentucky-Ohio State game from Friday night. A thriller of a game, too.

Survive and advance. That's been the theme to this year's NCAA Tournament as teams play down to the buzzer at the last minute. Many games this weekend have gone down to who has the ball during the final posession.

Kentucky and Ohio State played very competitive last night. The Cats did struggle with fouls during the first half but it didn't cause too much of a hassle. Jorts picked up his second foul with less than a minute remaining in the first half. I'll take that over ten minutes remaining in the first half any day of the week.

The match-up for Sunday afternoon is set for Kentucky and North Carolina. It's a rematch of the game played in December, only Larry Drew is no longer a member of this Tar Heels team. Like many of the SEC games played on the road this season, that game was decided by 2 points. If the Cats can stay out of foul trouble--hello, Final Four, baby!

During that first game, Doron Lamb came off the bench with 24 points. Now, he's a starter for the Cats with DeAndre Liggins coming off the bench. Both Jorts, Knight, Vargas, and Jones fouled out of that game. Jorts and Vargas picked up three fouls each in the first half. Knight and Jones got their four in the second half of the game. As such, keeping them out of foul trouble will be key.

Brandon Knight hit the game winner for the second time in three games. He dominated the West Virginia game

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