By Jeff Portnoy
I leave tomorrow for Atlanta where i will covering the Final Four for the Star Advertiser. I will be writing a daily column for the Sports pages starting Friday.
Although my beloved Orangemen will be there after playing some of the best defense i have seen any team play in years, can anybody stop Louisville. I doubt it. Louisville's dismantling of teams in this tournament, including a 20 plus point victory over Duke and the destruction of Syracuse in the second half of the Big East Tournmant final, where they came from 15 down in the second half to win by double digits, makes them the prohibitive favorite.
I dont think Wichita State has a chance of beating them, but Michigan could give them a game if they get by the Orange. The Wolverines have great guards and a solid center, and they may be able to withstand Louisville's dominating man defense. Of course, if Syracuse 's zone can make Michigan miss outside shots and they can plug the middle of that 2-3 zone, we will see a rematch with Louisville for the 4th time this year. Syracuse did beat the Cardinals there already this year.
The basketball bows banquet is tomorrow night. I will miss it, but if you have a chance buy a ticket or two , say goodby to this year's team. It will certainly look different next year. One intriquing question? Will Vander be there?
I will off to Europe after the tournament and wont be back until the end of the month so no blogs until i return. By then, Spring recruiting will be over and we can review who stayed, who left, and whose coming. There will also be a special Hoopstalk in early May.
To all of you who blogged back, who read this blog, and who have provided your feedback and comments, thanks for all your support. It has been a great year in college basketball, and i have enjoyed the opportunity to talk to you about it since October.