Kansas Versus Memphis: Who Wants the Marbles?
There’s a moderately important basketball game being played for the mythical BCS Championship and tonight is their last chance for these teams to impress the voters. Wait? What’s that? Oh, I’m sorry. In NCAA basketball, they actually decide these games on the court. What a novel concept.
Anyway, it’s Kansas and Memphis for all the basketball marbles. Who ya got?
If you live near me, don’t bother answering because if I hear “Rock-Chalk” one more time, my head is going to explode, Scanners-style. Who knows what will happen if KU actually beats Memphis. I’ll probably drown in a sea of red and blue, while the onlookers scream that familiar chant as I go under. Is that what we can expect out of tonight’s game? Let’s look a little closer.
First and foremost, the Jayhawks have to either A. Stop Derrick Rose or B. Slow him down. Where do you think their chances lie in completing such a task? Considering the smoldering wreckage of opposing guards left in his wake during Memphis’ impressive tournament run, it looks like Kansas will have their hands completely full with Mr. Rose.
However, if they can duplicate that first half defensive performance they gave against Carolina on Saturday, they’ll certainly have their chance.
Other match-ups to keep an eye on: Chris Douglas-Roberts and Brandon Rush. Which one of these two impressive swing guards will get the upper hand? Up until the Memphis/UCLA game tipped on Saturday, CDR was averaging 22.5 points in the tournament. On Saturday, he scored 28 (including a Kevin Love clock-cleaning for the ages).
However, Rush has been no slouch either. Against Carolina, he had 25 points and 7 rebounds. From here, it looks like these two will probably cancel each other out meaning the inside game will have to be a factor for the winning team. On the Memphis side, we have Joey Dorsey, Robert Dozier and Shawn Taggart against Darrell Arthur, Darnell Jackson, Cole Aldridge and Sasha Kaun. Again, this looks like another push. If both teams can keep their post players out of foul trouble, this game will be very intense and very close throughout.
Again. Who ya got?
From what I’ve seen, this game looks like it’s going to come down to the closing minutes, with each team having an opportunity to cut the NCAA Championship nets down. Will Rose explode on the Kansas back court, much like he has every other guard tandem in the tournament or will Darrell Arthur get Joey Dorsey in foul trouble and dominate inside? Questions, questions, questions. So many questions about this game.
Because of that, I’m going on a guess: Memphis – 81, Kansas – 77; giving John Calipari and the Memphis Tigers their first National Championship.
Although, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it was Kansas with the 81 and Memphis with the 77. These teams are that close when it comes to talent and ability to play the game. It should be a great game. I just hope if Kansas wins they don’t burn Lawrence down to the ground.