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KSR’s Guide to the Madness: Saturday Games

 

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The number of games is dwindling, but the stakes are rising in the remaining NCAA tournament games. With Indiana surveying their gym for the best spot to display their second Sweet 16 banner in two years, it’s time to focus our energy on Saturday’s Elite Eight games which, thankfully, don’t feature any teams that offend our senses as Kentucky fans. Check out our original regional previews (MIDWESTEASTWESTSOUTH), and if needed, check the games out online here: MARCH MADNESS LIVE. But I don’t recommend that. It is a Saturday, after all. Go socialize!

 

(4) Syracuse (29-9) vs (3) Marquette (26-8), 4:30 pm EST, Washington DC, CBS

 

 

 

This, my friends, is A Tale of Two Teams. Jim Boeheim and Buzz Williams will face-off in the final leg of their Big East exit tour, a fitting end to two very different coaches and their programs. If Syracuse is white collar, Marquette is blue collar. Williams is a hard-nosed X’s and O’s guy, known for his meticulous scouting of opponents; Boeheim, on the other hand, focuses on in-game execution. The two teams’ styles are drastically different on the court as well. Whereas Syracuse and their zone employ their length and athleticism to trap opponents (Here, I am compelled by KSR Law to insert the pun “Don’t let Cuse get in their zone. They’re definitely in their zone.” It’s in the small print by the Santa picture), Marquette defends like they are protecting the last remaining container of Dunkaroos on Earth (that is to say, passionately and in the “ball before body” mentality). Syracuse is long, strong, and down to get the friction on ever since their Big East tournament run to the finals; the team has gelled in the post-season and feels comfortable in their game. Marquette is a hard-nosed team that talks casually about pre-season boot camp. In the teams’ regular season meeting, Marquette earned the 74-71 win on the wings of Devante Gardner’s 26 points.

 

Players to watch? For Syracuse, guard Michael Carter-Williams helped put the game away versus Indiana. He scored ten of his 24 points during a 14-5 run with 9 minutes to go that ultimately sealed the deal against the Hoosiers. On Marquette’s side, Vander Blue has been living up to his pre-collegiate hype, averaging 19.7 points on 50% shooting in the tournament thus far, including the ice-in-his-veins three pointer against Butler in the round of 32.

 

(9) Wichita State Shockers (29-8) vs (2) Ohio State Buckeyes (29-7), 7:05 pm EST, Los Angeles, CBS

 

 

 

The Wiggins State Shockers (see what I did there) play fast and loose with defensive pressure and tenacious rebounding designed to unhinge their opponents. Although they’re strong down low, the Shockers could face matchup problems against a smaller Ohio State lineup. Ohio State will fight to avoid turnovers and remain poised in the face of a Wichita State team that’s thrilled to be making their first Elite Eight appearance since 1981 after beating top-seeded Gonzaga. The Buckeyes have been on the winning end of buzzer beaters in their past two games and are still riding an 11-game winning streak that began in the regular season. Wichita State must limit Deshaun Thomas on offense while going through forward Cleanthony Early and enjoying limited turnovers from Malcolm Armstead.

 

Players to watch: For Ohio State, Thomas can nearly score at will and averages 19.7 ppg. At 6’7″, Thomas can score from anywhere on the court and in a variety of ways- threes, floaters, jumpers, layups, dunks, you name it- and he’s enjoyed a green light from coaching staff to take some ridiculous shots. Although he’s an explosive offensive threat, Thomas is weak on defense. With Wichita State, Armstead scored 18 points in the win over LaSalle, including a string of buckets that emphatically responded to LaSalle’s attempts to seal the game. Again, limited turnovers from Armstead will be key in running Wichita State’s offense.

 

The most important thing I’ve learned in this research is that the Golden Eagle is the only mascot worth applauding. Go Marquette.

 

@KristenGeilKSR

Article written by Kristen Geil

10 Comments for KSR’s Guide to the Madness: Saturday Games



  1. bballjoker
    3:14 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    funny how the Witchita State Shocker has an anatomical dildo on his face.



  2. No comment
    3:19 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    I’m guessing from the lack of comments that #1 has beat us all to it.



  3. MakeItHappen
    3:20 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Go Duke!



  4. Hah!
    3:54 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    #1 – I was thinking the same thing.



  5. bart edwards
    4:00 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t fathom how you could suggest that Ohio State and its coach are not “offensive” to UK fans. Not only is Thad Matta a resolute UK hater, but his teams are year in and year out in direct competition with us for some of the best recruits. (So is Syracuse for that matter.) I would rather IU and Louisville win it all any day than either Syracuse or Ohio State. It would certainly be better for
    For the information of you Johnny-Come-Lately “fans” who write for this site, it was Thad Matta who asked the reporter who was wearing a UK sweatshirt whether he had “lost a bet.”



  6. Walden Schmidt
    4:06 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    He’s got a dick for a nose.



  7. Deepblue
    4:20 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    Yep…definitely a dicknose



  8. Bobbum man
    5:04 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    ” I would rather IU or Louisville win it all any day than either Syracuse or Ohio St” said no UK fan ever. And I’m sure there’s been a few but I don’t recall running into Ohio St regularly in recruiting battles…. You sir are an idiot



  9. Duke sucks
    5:27 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    what sucks is I think the Duke UL game is the National championship game! who ever wins will probably win it all. I think Duke wins. Pitino plays a defense that kicks, grabs, pulls and basically mugged the other team every trip down the court. We all know that the officials will NEVER let that happen to any Duke team. Half of UL’s team could be fouled out by halftime. On top of that can UL score enough points to beat a elite team that plays good D.
    Man this sucks knowing its going to be one of those 2. Sure am hopeing OSU, UM, or even better The Shockers can pull a Jimmy V. Even if their Mascot has a unit for a nose. Any way they can just make this year a draw and have no champion.



  10. Duke Sucks
    6:23 pm March 30, 2013 Permalink

    How can anybody who says he would rather for UL or IU win it all call any one a Johnny come lately??
    It has been a long time since UL or IU have won anything but in no way is OSU a bigger rival or threat. OSU is nothing but a wantabee! At least IU and UL where relavent in the 80’s.