Sports Hernia wrote: Natethegreat wrote:
Sports Hernia wrote:I don’t expect the UW to win against a #1 seed, if they can play a close competitive game I would be happy.
Why not? They played GU pretty close at GU.
They played Gonzaga great, and almost pulled that game out.
IMHO NC is a step above Gonzaga.
I would love the Dawgs to prove me wrong and you can come back and say “see, I told you so”, but I don’t see that happening.
Prove me wrong Dawgs!
I know the Zags lost to UNC but it was a cross country game on UNC's home court after just playing Tennessee and it was finals week which the zags always play terrible around( lost to Portland Sate one year at home during finals week).
I wouldn't read too much into that loss.
I was just reading an article on CBS sports that stated this:
Gonzaga is the best team remaining in the field
Throw a zone at Gonzaga, and the Zags will shoot you out of it. Throw man defense at them, and they will shred it like cheddar. Every time you try to zig, this team is capable of zagging (pun very much intended).
This is the very best team remaining in the NCAA Tournament field.
And after Saturday, it's hard to argue it doesn't boast the two best players out of the East Regional with Brandon Clarke, who scored 38 on an efficient 15 of 18 shooting in the Bulldogs' 83-71 win over Bayloer, in a game where All-America candidate Rui Hachimura was limited to six points.
Add in the re-emergence and renewed health of Killian Tillie, the 6-10 center who can block shots, make threes and throw down rim-rocking dunks, and you've got yourself a near-flawless team from top to bottom that just might win the whole thing. Especially if Brandon Clarke is doing stuff that puts him in the same rarefied air as Shaq and David Robinson.
My point being UW went toe to toe with the Zags on their home court. They can do the same with UNC. They are not a notch above GU imo or the opinion of many others.
There are three legitimately good national title contenders this year in Duke, GU, and UNC and I would put UNC third on that list.