Oklahoma, Kansas, Maryland and Indiana will battle it out Saturday and Monday to find out who is the king of the hill in college basketball. For hoops junkies around the country, this weekend represents the Holy Grail.
Filled with beer, of course.
All the number junkies out there can throw their second-chance points statistics out the window … this will be decided by floor burns, intensity and big-game experience. And the team that combines all three of those elements into a fast-breaking, electric style of play is Maryland.
The Terrapins have the strongest backcourt (Steve Blake and Juan Dixon) of the remaining teams. They will be able to dictate tempo and wear down Kansas in the semifinal and roll past Oklahoma on Monday.
Scratch Oklahoma for Indiana if Tom Coverdale plays significant minutes – the intangibles he brings to the floor are essential for the Hoosiers to make it to the final game.
But regardless of opposition, I’ll take Maryland to avenge last year’s Final Four loss to Duke and win the national championship.
Fear the turtle.