Final Four 2009 Is Finally Here

NC NighthawkAnalyst IApril 4, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 03:  The North Carolina Tar Heels huddle up at center court during practice prior to the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Ford Field on April 3, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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My analysis, as usual, is simple, terse, and to the point. 

This Final Four is North Carolina’s to lose.  With their talent, their depth, and their senior experience, the Tar Heels have no excuse to not win it all.


Ty Lawson is the difference and the playmaker. Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green rejected NBA overtures last spring for the sole purpose of returning to win NCAA rings.

Also, if UNC loses, they will disappoint President Barack Obama, who has the Tar Heels to win the title in his bracket.

UNC should perform well in their matchup with this great Villanova Wildcats team.

Scottie Reynolds is another great playmaker.  He has three-point range, is very good from the line, and has the strength to get into the lane and finish.

The Tar Heels simply have more bulk and firepower than the Wildcats.  North Carolina should win this game because of their great inside-outside balance.

Michigan State has the “home court” advantage because the 2009 Final Four is being hosted in Detroit.  The local fanbase and the excellent coach, Tom Izzo, should lead the Spartans to a victory over the Connecticut Huskies.

However, UConn is very resilient and very capable of winning this game.

While I’m picking Michigan State, the team with the more rebounds will win this game. 

Whether they face the Spartans or the Huskies Monday night, the Tar Heels will cut down the nets.

North Carolina is the only team whose players have any Final Four experience.  Therefore, they will not be intimidated and fazed by the Final Four experience.

The Tar Heels have used the 2008 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks as a motivation all season long and they’ve been reminding themselves about that game over and over this week.

That first trip to the Final Four can be overwhelming. There are the lavish NCAA dinners, network television interviews, and the big arenas.

The huge crowds at Friday’s public practices can be intimidating. None of it even closely resembles the regular season routine.



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