All About the Guards

Coming into tonight’s NCAA Final Four, the two best big men in America were Kevin Love of UCLA and Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, and because of that, most expected a UCLA-North Carolina National Final on Monday.

But, in the college game, it is all about the guards.  If your guards play well, so does the team, and tonight we saw the teams with the superior guards blow out the teams with the superior big men.  That is college basketball and Memphis and Kansas proved that again tonight.

On paper, the Kansas-Memphis final looks like a fantastic one, but in the college game, you live with guard play, you die with guard play.  Something tells me that one of these teams is going to be off with its shooting and the result will be another final that lacks the drama sports fans want to see. 

Memphis appears to the more consistent team with its guards, but Kansas’ guards are very athletic as well.  I just hope that both teams are on and we have some bonafide drama in the closing moments.

John Furgele


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