Your Final Four Open Thread

By 11W Staff on March 31, 2012 at 5:49p
60 Comments
BESTIES. NO, NOT REALLY.

We'll be live-blogging the Ohio State game at 8:45pm, but this warmup should be entertaining.

Tipoff (ET) MATCHUP TV Location Favorite
6:09 PM #4 Louisville (30-9) vs #1 Kentucky (36-2) CBS Superdome - New Orleans, LA UK (-8.5)

 

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Lincoln's picture

Got to root for the cards

Alex Boones Liver's picture

L'ville has got to slow the tempo down or they have no chance.

buckeyefan927's picture

Kentucky getting easy lay-ups early

dbit's picture

Quick question on fouls

If a player has his hands straight up (feet planted) while the opposing player is trying to shoot, its supposedly not a foul.  What if a player has hands reaching out and over a player who is trying to shoot (feet planted)?  Is that a foul?

Reason I ask is because Anthony Davis seems to do the latter a lot and doesn't get called, but I thought arms had to be straight up for it to not be a foul.

buckeyefan927's picture

I just don't see anybody beating Kentucky

RedStorm45's picture

Wow, if Louisville could just dunk....well, they'd still be down by a lot.

buckeyefan927's picture

I think the dome is messing with Louisville's depth perception 

JakeBuckeye's picture

Please tell me that is sarcasm. "The dome" is the LAMEST excuse for playing poorly.

buckeyefan927's picture

It does mess with sightlines and does take time to get used to. 

RedStorm45's picture

They've each spent the same amount of time in the Superdome...so does UK have superior vision?

buckeyefan927's picture

Kentucky played in the Georgiadome the past 2 games and Louisville played in an NBA arena. So Kentucky should be more used to the sightlines in a dome style arena. That and most of their makes have come on layups.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Sorry, I don't buy it. All of these kids are elite players that come from backgrounds that include playing basketball everywhere and anywhere from when they were kids. You don't remember going to the park or your backyard playing basketball? Did you complain about a lack of backdrop or other factors that are different in an arena? Do you think these players did back in their young days? I can see young Tyshawn Taylor as a kid playing basketball outside blaming a few missed shots on not playing in an arena. No. Give a true player a basketball and a hoop and he'll go out and ball, regardless of where the hoop is. Yes, these players are subject to poor play at times, but it has nothing to do with playing in a dome.

buckeyefan927's picture

We agree to disagree then

RedStorm45's picture

My word, it's just not fair.  Davis will destroy either OSU or KU I think unless he gets in foul trouble.  Louisville looks outmatched at every position.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Why? I'm sick of people treating this Kentucky team like '76 Indiana. This team HAS NOT earned that. They've lost two games to two non-elite teams.

And Louisville is not even close to being out of this game right now.

The Vest-er's picture

Agreed. Davis looks amazing bc no one is bringing the double to force his decision making. I love the matchup of tOSU with the team from Lexington

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

RedStorm45's picture

They lost on a buzzer beater on the road thanks to some shoddy officiating at a FOUR SEED's place and then in the conference title game to a 5 seed.

 

Did you see UK jump out in front like it was nothing? If Gilchrist isn't in foul trouble, it could be worse.

RedStorm45's picture

Alright, nevermind.  Louisville just Kentucky'd Kentucky.  The lack of FT's for UK is hurting them.  They're being forced to play their bench guys a lot of minutes.

JakeBuckeye's picture

LOL at the notion that four and five seeds are elite. And they should have lost that Indiana game by 7+ if it weren't for Crean and Indiana letting them back in it.

Yes. Kentucky has earned the top seed, being number one, and being the favorite to win it all. But they HAVE NOT earned this legendary and invincible attitude that some people have for them. I would like nothing more than for us to end that all on Monday.

faux_maestro's picture

Louisville is keeping it close with some defense and steals. I hope we get to see Craft work his magic against UK.

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RedStorm45's picture

Why the heck is Steve Kerr on the call?

RedStorm45's picture

Does every half-court buzzer-beater heave that misses suddenly become "Gordon Heyward-esque?" Every time.

JakeBuckeye's picture

In the NCAA tournament/Final Four, yes, if the attempt almost goes in.

RedStorm45's picture

His was for the win in the title game and it was about 3 inches from going in, literally.  I agree about the final 4 but 1st round games at the half when it's a 10 point game....come on.

dbit's picture

Somebody get Calipari a towel!

Squirrel Master's picture

BS cable company. My HD channel is all messed up and they won't come out to fix it till Monday. I said that is BS because the reason I want to watch this channel is tonight.

So now I have to watch it on the regular channel and can't see half the court.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Squirrel Master's picture

Nah. I don't do bars during games like this and my local friends are all down in New Orleans rooting on the Cardinals!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

JakeBuckeye's picture

I hear on the bars/restuaraunts/whatever. If I'm not at the game, I watch every game at my place by myself or with close friends.

Squirrel Master's picture

I knew a guy who would literally lock himself in a room and watch by himself. We always teased him about having a cry blanket when his team loses.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

RedStorm45's picture

Time to head out, enjoy the rest of this one and hopefully some Buckeye magic everyone!

Louisville has to be happy.  They weathered the storm.  Got some key UK guys with 2 fouls.  Have to shoot better and stop transition points, but Pitino is a master halftime coach.  I don't think they have the athletes to hang with UK, but it should be close.

Could UK have had an easier road to the NCG if in fact they win? No 2 seed, no 1 seed.  They haven't run into any powerhouse type teams thus far.  IU didn't have Verdell Jones.  I guess Baylor was decent but no one looked at them as a final 4 kind of team.  Even Louisville is a bit of surprise to be here.

 

O-H!!

JakeBuckeye's picture

Have fun cheering on Willie, Red.

Haha, but seriously, have a good time.

schooey's picture

I like Louisville's chances. They seemed more nervous, more mistakes than KY, in the beginning but as they settle down I like their chances. First time I've watched KY and they seem like an arragant bunch...  hope they go down. 

RedStorm45's picture

BTW, Siva has 0 points.  He's got to get something going.

schooey's picture

I noticed that Louisville had a harder road to get there. Hopefully, that will help them down to the buzzer. 

schooey's picture

No way Louisville can beat KY AND the refs... forget about it. 

schooey's picture

Wow! Louisville sucks. And so does KY!

frozen buckeye's picture

I hope l-ville pulls this off. I'm tired of seeing that unibrow.  

frozen buckeye's picture

score, lville, score!

osubuckeye4life's picture

Louisville just won't go away in this one. Definitely, a better game than I anticipated. 

buckeyefan927's picture

The refs won't let Kentucky lose

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I can't believe there isn't an Ackbar and Calipari meme being that Ackbar is Mon Calamari and it is so close to Calipari.

Louisville fights. Like this team. I think their done tho.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Geez. That last shot. Whew. All air.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Let's go get ourselves a date with big blue, boys.

madhatterhater's picture

The ending of the game was weird. Louisville didnt seem to be in much of a hurry.

go bucks

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I'm not sure why they didn't foul.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Let's get this ish started!

Chris Lauderback's picture

KenPom had it 69-62 Kentucky. 

FWIW, he's got OSU winning 70-67.

Buckman's picture

Every time I see Anthony Davis I just stare at that unibrow, and think "He could at least trim it a little."

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I can't get over how undead Pitino looks/is.

Squirrel Master's picture

Supposedly he did that once and it didn't work. At least its a trademark. He could sign a contract with Nike and his shoe will have 2 swooshes mirrored each other and connected in the middle!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

mike78's picture

He's about to face an awkward point in his life.  He either has to face a future where he is the NBA guy with the hideous unibrow, or he is the guy who has to shave his unibrow. There is no easy answer.

Buckman's picture

^Hahaha

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

osubuckeye4life's picture

About time to take care of business, let's go BLUE COLLAR BUCKEYES!!!

Squirrel Master's picture

Wheres the open chat?

Nevermind, I read it! duh.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

20+ minutes till tip. I hope it's up before that.

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Let's go Buckeyes. Time to ball.