This year Final Four has me stuck on trying to predict a winner, but I’ll do my best.
OU vs Indiana: I think OU is the better team. My opinion is a bit biased considering OU is the only team I like in the tourny, other than Duke of course. OU has shown a lot of toughness in their last two games of the tourny. How they escaped Missouri without everyone fouling out is beyond me. I also think the Sooners are a more balanced team and have more offensive weapons than Indiana. On the other hand it wouldn’t surprise me to see Indiana pull another win out of their ass. OU pulls it out though, hitting some free-throws to seel it in the end.
Kansas vs Maryland: This is a tough game to call. They both have good guard play and good post players. The Kansas guards can be pushed around though. Illinois’ guards were a lot more physical than the Kansas guards were. That could be a factor. For some reason I see Wilcox being the X-factor in this game. He plays good, but then will vanish for minutes at a time. I think if he can play good from start to finish, and the rest of the team plays solid, Maryland will win. I also know if Maryland doesn’t keep Collison and Gooden off the boards they’ll have a long night. Although I don’t see them emploding on themselves like Oregon did. Oregon’s rebounding effort today was putird btw. This is wishfull thinking as I hate Kansas, but I’ll go with the Terps, in a close one, in overtime.
OU vs Maryland: I think if OU can stay out of foul trouble, and the refs will allow these two teams to play, OU will win. OU is probably the most physical and athletic of the 4 teams left in the tourny. OU has beat Maryland once this year, but for them to do it again their going to half to play a flawless game, and Maryland will have to struggle in some area for the Sooners to win. Again, wishful thinking perhaps, but OU has been playing with an “Us against the world” mentality, and seems like their on a mission. I hope I’m right. I also could toss a coin on both semifinal games and probably be as accurate. It should be interesting next weekend.