Posted 03/28/2008 at 02:27 PM
What a disappointing finish for Tennessee. Despite being one of the most entertaining and promising teams for much of the regular season the problems for the Vols became exposed at the wrong time. Going back to the SEC tournament, it makes five consecutive questionable performances for Tennessee to close the season. It was sad to see Chris Lofton end his college career so poorly as he has been one of the great shooters in college basketball the last few seasons. Credit Louisville for putting it all together at the right time.
Both Louisville and Xavier are very team oriented with a top scorer being hard to find and a deep spread of contributors. Wisconsin is another team with a similar make-up that could find it's way to the elite eight, and Kansas also might qualify despite having a couple of stars on the team. It is good to see team basketball winning in the tournament but it also helps to have prominent players that can take over games. UCLA is a good example as they would not be close to this point without freshman Kevin Love as he has single-handedly carried the Bruins in the last two games.
The biggest star of the tournament so far has to be Stephen Curry and he will face a Wisconsin team that spreads the ball around. Wisconsin's top three scorers in round one were a completely different trio than the top three scorers in the round two win. Very few teams can win with such balance but Wisconsin has been doing it, and advancing to the sweet 16 would be a great point of redemption after the early exit in last year's tournament.