Louisville will make the two hour drive followed by Kentucky who has a three hour drive to Indianapolis. If you are a regular reader you know that Kentucky has been beat up pretty good around here. This week I have to give Kentucky some credit, despite the fact I know I will be ripped for this, because they have made it past a number nine and number one seed to advance to the sweet sixteen. Kentucky first beat Kansas State and make no mistake about it wasn’t an easy team to beat. Kentucky used their size to beat Kansas State which was a good game plan – clearly. Wichita State was considered overrated by a variety of writers but if we are honest with ourselves so was Kentucky. The Wildcats again came out using their size, got Wichita State in foul trouble and were able to close the halftime gap to come out victorious after two periods. Now the Wildcats take on Louisville as the clash of Kentucky will occur in Indiana. Louisville will be able to match up better with Kentucky in terms of size and Louisville has some recent experience with a deep run into the tournament. Louisville, in my opinion, has had the easier road up to this point of the tournament but they are poised to beat Kentucky based on their experience, size and their head coach. Pitino is 11-0 in his sweet sixteen experiences - sorry Kentucky.
No matter who is victorious this weekend Indianapolis will be hosting four sets of teams and fans that all live within a five hour or shorter driving radius this upcoming weekend. Indianapolis is a class act when it comes to hosting big events and Indiana knows basketball better than other sport. Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee can expect to have a great time here in Indy and we wish them the best of luck – well most of them. This tournament has been defined by upsets so be prepared but also consider that the Final Four could still be made up of three number one seeds and a number two seed. If that was the case I might have a chance at improving my overall bracket standing. If not – well it has been the March of the red bracket…onward underdogs! Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading.
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