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  • That is pretty crazy. Limited athleticism, pourous D, superior teams at pretty much every level, and Duke wins 4 straight? Suspect, considering they couldn't even beat Maryland or UVA...



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    • Yes, I often scream "FEAR ME" when I'm kicking the butts of 8 year olds in basketball. You know, because I'm expected to win...



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      • Originally posted by JBond93 View Post
        Duke in the Final Four Toon? What?
        Yeah, I know, I'm crazy. After further consideration, I liked their matchup against Pitt and UCLA. It helped that I had Villanova upsetting Kansas in the 2nd round.

        They were playing well down the stretch. Actually, rephrase. Their key players were playing well down the stretch. McRoberts was playing stronger, Henderson had emerged as a viable option, and the most important key was Paulus being steadier. The key for them is really Paulus, and if he's playing solid and steady (doesn't have to be great), they'll have a shot. I think strong guard play can beat UCLA. My initial instinct was Pitt in that region, but they are just so ... well, dunno what the right word is, but I can see Duke beating them.

        Eh who knows.

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        • Yeah, the Villanova and Duke match really surprised me when I looked at your bracket. And at least you didn't go with Pitt. Ugh.


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          • Paulus is not that good. If Henderson is clicking and Schier is hitting, Paulus just has to pass the ball and defend. I don't see it as that easy from round 2 onward.

            Nova over Kansas is ballsy, but I don't think so...



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            • I initially went with Pitt, then I started thinking about trusting Aaron Grey to dominate. At that point, I threw up and changed it.



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              • I went with VCU over Duke. Duke isn't a Duke team of old, they struggle and McRoberts is no Elton Brand or Christian Laettner or even a Sheldon Williams. He is a point guard in a forward/center body and doesn't seem to have that fire to will his team on. Plus when you can't beat Maryland or UNC in ACC play you are in for a short NCAA appearance.

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                • McRoberts does play very soft. I think both Paulus and McRoberts are ninnies. Neither one has a legit shot at being a productive NBA player. They might as well stay for 4 years at Duke then get a first round contract...



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                  • It all depends on McRoberts. If he dominates, VCU will get crushed. If not, they will keep up and maybe pull the upset. I picked VCU to the Elite 8. They should have had a 9 or 10 seed IMO (which they could have been ranked at but needed changed due to region,) and could give Duke a run if they come out flat. Coach K is great though.


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                    • I really don't think this is a year where you'll see a mid-major in the Elite 8/Final 4. It just happened last year, but the big boys are stronger this year. The mid-majors have gotten better in general of late, but the best athletes remain in the big conferences. McRoberts is soft and can't really create. He can also be fronted and taken out of the game. I see Paulus turning the ball over a decent amount in the first round, but I like Duke's execution, and the coaching edge is significant. Duke has been to the Sweet 16 for the last 9 years straight. It's just not a bet I'd willingly make.



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                      • I don't disagree. But I like Winthrop's chances. I think Oregon is a bit overrated and very streaky. I'm not sure Oregon is peaking moreso than that they just got on a hot streak. Winthrop has good inside/outside balance and is a very veteran team. I picked Georgia Tech, but if Winthrop can get by Oregon, Tech depends on Crittenton, and if he's off, they can be beat.

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                        • I think people are underestimating UNLV. They are POed at their seed, they have what it takes to make a run.


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                          • I can see UNLV winning. I think both Tech and UNLV can move past Wisconsin ... Tech moreso than UNLV, but both are possible. I just think Tech played well down the stretch and UNLV can't play at their tempo. But if Crittenton gets into foul trouble early ... then Tech's in trouble.

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                            • I mean, the ACC background will help Tech a lot, but I've watched UNLV a few times and been very impressed.


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                              • GTech is tremendously talented, and they started to put it all together around the ACC tournament. They're getting pretty hot at the right time. They could definitely make a run here.



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