Breaking down the Charlotte Regional

  • 03/16/2008 7:51 pm in

hansbrough1.jpgTyler Hansbrough is one sexy beast. Reminder: Don’t forget to join the Inside the Hall NCAA Tournament Pick ‘Em Challenge by clicking here.

Marquee players: Tyler Hansbrough (UNC), Wayne Ellington (UNC), Ty Lawson (UNC), Eric Gordon (IU), D.J. White (IU), Luke Harangody (Notre Dame), Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Tyler Smith (Tennessee), Terrance Williams (Louisville), Blake Griffin (Oklahoma), Derrick Low (Washington State), Mike Green (Butler), Demetric Bennett (South Alabama)

Best chance for an upset
: St. Joseph’s over Oklahoma – Phil Martelli’s club already owns two wins over Xavier, beat Villanova and played Gonzaga tough early in the season. Honorable mention: South Alabama over Butler – Butler can’t be pleased with their seeding or the fact that they’ll be facing the Jaguars in Birmingham.

Dark horse to make it San Antonio: Louisville – The Cardinals were a top ten team to start the season and Rick Pitino is no stranger to making a Final Four run. If, and this is a huge if, Louisville can get consistency from Edgar Sosa, Jerry Smith and Andre McGee, their frontcourt is deep enough to play with anybody.

Best coach in March: Rick Pitino, Louisville (32-11, .744): Pitino’s resume in March is the best in the region: five Final Fours and a National Championship at Kentucky in 1996.

Something to prove: Bruce Pearl, Tennessee: There is pressure on Pearl to produce at least a trip to the Elite 8 with a team that had a chance at a top seed but stumbled in the SEC Conference Tournament. He’s 5-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and he’s never been past the round of 16.

Best player you’ve never heard of: Demetric Bennett, South Alabama. The 6-4 Bennett was a first team An All-Sun Belt selection and averaged 20.1 ppg and 5.9 rpg. He’s also outstanding from the free throw line – 83.4 percent.

See you in Charlotte (The four teams that will make it to the regional): North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Louisville

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  • tom

    that pic is creepy.

  • That picture is totally Olan Mills.

    You have to wonder how teams that were slighted by the committee with their seeding (IU and certainly Butler who should be heading across town to NCAA Headquarters with torches and pitchforks as we speak) will play. Will they rally around each other and play like teams with something to prove? I certainly think Butler will do that, I don't give the Hoosiers credit for having that much heart. I think the homecourt advantage given South Alabama is a little overrated. As someone who lives on the Gulf Coast, it's a four-hour drive from Mobile to Birmingham and South Alabama hardly has what anyone would consider to be a big following in Mobile.

    patrickdonohue.freedomblogging.com

  • T

    I'm not sold on Notre Dame Big A. Mike Brey has never shown (to my recolection) the ability to get his teams to play well in the dance.

    Not to mention the dreaded 5-12 matchup negative karma that they have to deal with.

    Other then that I like the assessment of the bracket. But who would you say is the guy most likely to randomly drop 24 points on 8-10 three point shooting? (it seems to happen every year)

    One quick positive note for IU…IF (and it is a huge if) they beat Arkansas….Carolina's only two losses were both at home, so maybe the whole being in North Carolina isn't as helpfull as it may appear for them.

  • Patrick,

    I realize it's a 258-mile drive and I wouldn't consider it a home court advantage (although it is closer for South Alabama than it is for Butler), but South Alabama is a pretty solid team and Butler truly got hosed having to play them in their first game.

  • Carolina is undefeated this season in road AND neutral court games. And they've got a 33-or-something-else-obscene in-a-row winning streak in the post season in games played in North Carolina.

    For instance, they pretty much ran roughshod over NC State at the RBC Center.

    So, even if Indiana can beat Arkansas, they don't stand a chance against the Tarheels.

    Anyone going to the games? I'm heavily thinking about it (if i can find a ticket).

  • RobertSchell

    I haven't even read the article, but how in the world did you get your hands on a pic of Hansbrough's senior pic?

    Big A, you never fail to amaze me.

  • You can thank PostmanR and College Humor for that gem of a picture.

  • Ben

    did anybody just here dicky v on espn
    about knight back to indiana……right too knight

  • RobertSchell

    Ha, wow. Simply….classic. I'm not sure what Hansbrough was going for in this pic, but I'm hoping it wasn't “tough” or “masculine”…..'cause the pic screams otherwise.

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    Vitale hyping up Knight to go back to IU on ESPN could be the funniest thing I have ever seen

  • Ben

    i think so too

  • Ben

    I mean come on an 8 seed. We were in the top 25 all year long. We finished 3rd in the Big Ten….almost 2nd. We have the froch of the year and player of the year. We did beat Purdue the 6 and Michigan State the 5. Get out of here.

    What is so speacial about michigan state? I just don't get it

  • STEVE

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT TIME WE PLAY FRIDAY? OR WHEN THE TIMES COME OUT?

  • i agree that Brey isn't the most trustworthy head coach but ND will have the best player on the floor (Harangody) in arguably any game that they play. put UNC's talent around him and he would put up equal or better numbers than hansborough — and he doesn't rely on scoring his points at the free throw line.

  • JamesHardy

    Miles and Izzo are secret lovers…ssshhhhh!

  • 9:40 PM EST

  • tom

    that pic is creepy.

  • That picture is totally Olan Mills.

    You have to wonder how teams that were slighted by the committee with their seeding (IU and certainly Butler who should be heading across town to NCAA Headquarters with torches and pitchforks as we speak) will play. Will they rally around each other and play like teams with something to prove? I certainly think Butler will do that, I don't give the Hoosiers credit for having that much heart. I think the homecourt advantage given South Alabama is a little overrated. As someone who lives on the Gulf Coast, it's a four-hour drive from Mobile to Birmingham and South Alabama hardly has what anyone would consider to be a big following in Mobile.

    patrickdonohue.freedomblogging.com

  • T

    I'm not sold on Notre Dame Big A. Mike Brey has never shown (to my recolection) the ability to get his teams to play well in the dance.

    Not to mention the dreaded 5-12 matchup negative karma that they have to deal with.

    Other then that I like the assessment of the bracket. But who would you say is the guy most likely to randomly drop 24 points on 8-10 three point shooting? (it seems to happen every year)

    One quick positive note for IU…IF (and it is a huge if) they beat Arkansas….Carolina's only two losses were both at home, so maybe the whole being in North Carolina isn't as helpfull as it may appear for them.

  • Patrick,

    I realize it's a 258-mile drive and I wouldn't consider it a home court advantage (although it is closer for South Alabama than it is for Butler), but South Alabama is a pretty solid team and Butler truly got hosed having to play them in their first game.

  • Carolina is undefeated this season in road AND neutral court games. And they've got a 33-or-something-else-obscene in-a-row winning streak in the post season in games played in North Carolina.

    For instance, they pretty much ran roughshod over NC State at the RBC Center.

    So, even if Indiana can beat Arkansas, they don't stand a chance against the Tarheels.

    Anyone going to the games? I'm heavily thinking about it (if i can find a ticket).

  • RobertSchell

    I haven't even read the article, but how in the world did you get your hands on a pic of Hansbrough's senior pic?

    Big A, you never fail to amaze me.

  • You can thank PostmanR and College Humor for that gem of a picture.

  • Ben

    did anybody just here dicky v on espn
    about knight back to indiana……right too knight

  • RobertSchell

    Ha, wow. Simply….classic. I'm not sure what Hansbrough was going for in this pic, but I'm hoping it wasn't “tough” or “masculine”…..'cause the pic screams otherwise.

  • Sherron Wilkerson

    Vitale hyping up Knight to go back to IU on ESPN could be the funniest thing I have ever seen

  • Ben

    i think so too

  • Ben

    I mean come on an 8 seed. We were in the top 25 all year long. We finished 3rd in the Big Ten….almost 2nd. We have the froch of the year and player of the year. We did beat Purdue the 6 and Michigan State the 5. Get out of here.

    What is so speacial about michigan state? I just don't get it

  • STEVE

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT TIME WE PLAY FRIDAY? OR WHEN THE TIMES COME OUT?

  • i agree that Brey isn't the most trustworthy head coach but ND will have the best player on the floor (Harangody) in arguably any game that they play. put UNC's talent around him and he would put up equal or better numbers than hansborough — and he doesn't rely on scoring his points at the free throw line.

  • JamesHardy

    Miles and Izzo are secret lovers…ssshhhhh!

  • 9:40 PM EST