March Madness Final 4 and Championship Predictions

Baylor's player is boxing up and getting ready for the rebound. Photo by Jamie Squire http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2012/03/baylor-debuts-new-lime-green-uniforms.html/
Baylor’s player is boxing up and getting ready for the rebound.
Photo by Jamie Squire
http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2012/03/baylor-debuts-new-lime-green-uniforms.html/

Baylor vs. Louisville.

I am expecting Louisville to play Baylor in the Final Four. For Baylor to win they need to face Louisville’s hard press. They have not faced anything like it before. Louisville’s key to success is to make outside shots. The type of offense that they run relies on their ability to make threes to open up holes in the defense. In the end, I think Louisville will win due to their experience on the court and their coaching experience.

 

Louisville player celebrates after converting a basket. Photo by Joe Robbins http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1918981-louisville-basketball-struggling-to-adjust-to-life-without-chane-behanan
Louisville player celebrates after converting a basket.
Photo by Joe Robbins
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1918981-louisville-basketball-struggling-to-adjust-to-life-without-chane-behanan

 

Michigan St. player celebrates after a win. Photo by Glen Parris http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/michigan-state-spartans-ncaa-tournament-team-preview/
Michigan St. player celebrates after a win.
Photo by Glen Parris
http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/michigan-state-spartans-ncaa-tournament-team-preview/

Michigan State vs. Florida

I think Michigan State will play Florida in the Final Four. For Florida to win they need to limit easy buckets. The Spartans like to push the ball. For the Gators to win, they need to force Michigan State to score against their half-court D. Michigan’s key to victory is to keep Florida’s guards out of the paint. Keith Appling and Gary Harris are terrific defenders. They’ll need to bring their A-games against Scottie Wilbekin. Both teams have a lot of experience and good coaching but Michigan State has slightly more talent so I think they will win.

 

Two players react to their overtime win against BYU. Photo by David J. Phillip http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2011/mar/24/college-basketball-balanced-florida-beats-fredette/
Two players react to their overtime win against BYU.
Photo by David J. Phillip
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2011/mar/24/college-basketball-balanced-florida-beats-fredette/
Michigan St. star players Adreian Payne and Gary Harris are hanging out after the win Photo by Paul Sancya http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/college-basketball-preview-kentucky-team-beat-article-1.1497593
Michigan St. star players Adreian Payne and Gary Harris are hanging out after the win
Photo by Paul Sancya
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/college-basketball-preview-kentucky-team-beat-article-1.1497593

Michigan State vs. Louisville

In the National Championships I have Michigan State vs. Louisville. Michigan State’s key to victory is to get the ball to the post to Adreian Payne. Louisville’s key to victory is Russ Smith. If they can get Russ Smith going and if Gary Harris can not hold him back, Florida will win. If Gary Harris shuts him down then Michigan will win. Both teams have good coaching and lots of experience on the court but Michigan State has a bit more talent so I have Michigan State winning the National Championships.

 

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