The headline for Thursday’s and Friday’s Sweet 16 match-ups should be: “Look Out for Some Barn Burners.” With most of the top seeds still remaining, this should be the case, In fact, in the South Regional and the East Regional all 4 top seeds are still alive. This not only means great match-ups in the Sweet 16 but it also assures great match-ups in the Elite 8.
Let’s take a second to look at the South Regional. There are many intriguing match-ups to look at here. But if you’re a conspiracy theorist and you think the referees or anyone else ever try to decide the outcome of the game then you’re looking for Gonzaga and Syracuse to get the short end of the stick. An Oklahoma vs. North Carolina match-up would have more story lines than a great afternoon soap opera (sorry if that’s an oxymoron).
But just think about it. You’ll have 1 vs. 2. You’ll have last years POY (Hansbrough) taking on the all but assured POY (Griffin) this year. And they’ll be going head-to-head all game long. You’ll have former Duke Blue Devil Jeff Capel coaching Oklahoma and going against his old nemesis North Carolina. You’ll have Roy Williams, former coach of Kansas going against one of his old rivals, the Sooners. There won’t be enough time to cover all the story lines.
Of course, there will be some story lines if Syracuse beats Oklahoma too. The main one will be Lawson vs. Flynn. Bill that match-up as the showdown to see who’s the best point in all the land (just don’t tell Pitt’s Lavance Fields that he isn’t included). You’ll also have the rough and tumble Big East going against the ACC. That’s always a great story line.
But only time will tell. And we have a lot of basketball to enjoy before we make it to the Elite 8. Tomorrow we can actually get ready for the games that will be played tomorrow night.