NCAA Tournament 2012: Breaking Down Sure-Fire Final Four Locks
The Elite Eight matchups are set for this weekend in what will be an exciting two days of college hoops. Let’s take a look at who will emerge from these games to compete in the Final Four next week in New Orleans.
Kentucky was the No. 1 overall seed heading into the tournament, and they have sure lived up to their high expectations so far. A dominating performance in the second half led to a nice win over Indiana last night and they will look to continue their domination against Baylor on Sunday.
Baylor has not been overly tested this tournament with Xavier, a 10 seed, being the Bears' most difficult opponent.
Look for the Wildcats to control the game from the opening tip off and keep Baylor on their heels. Anthony Davis will control the inside and prove too much to match for the Baylor defense. Expect a win by ten points or more.
Syracuse and Ohio State will face off later this afternoon in what will be a battle of the titans in the East Region. The Orange looked impressive without their star, Fab Melo, and C.J. Fair has certainly picked up his game after struggling through a scoring slump.
They survived a feisty Wisconsin team and were able to grind out a solid victory heading into today's Elite Eight matchup versus the Buckeyes. This could prove to be one of the games of the tournament. Look for this game to be within five points heading into the final minutes.
Louisville’s matchup with Florida is a tough one to predict, but the Cardinals should still be considered the favourites to represent the West Region in New Orleans. This Saturday afternoon game will kick off the Elite Eight action, and don't expect either team take their foot off the pedal.
It was Louisville’s consistent defence which helped them overcome the higher ranked Spartans, and with a similar effort this afternoon, they will be moving on to the Final Four. The combination of Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng will be too much for the Gators to handle.
North Carolina will face off against Kansas in what many are calling the best game of the Elite Eight. North Carolina squeaked out an overtime win against 13th-seeded Ohio, but that was without their star, Kendall Marshall, as well as a lacklustre performance from Harrison Barnes.
Coach Roy Williams is not optimistic that Marshall will be back before Sunday, but you can be sure that Barnes will step up his game. Look for Tyler Zeller to continue his domination inside and propel his Tar Heels to a place in the Final Four.
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