While my Insidplays effort has been worse than the Detroit Tigers lately, once I figure out how to handle two kids unda two...I'll be back to my degenerate self!
KANSAS JAYHAWKS @ MEMPHIS TIGERS (UNDA 148)
While I picked the Jayhawks to win it all to start the tourney, I couldn’t be more on the fence about tonight’s contest. Both teams have displayed lockdown defense and have shot-blockers littering the frontcourt. For the season, both teams are only allowing around 60 ppg, but especially in Kansas’s sake, they’ve looked even sharper as the season has progressed. The Jayhawks 1st four opponents in the Big Dance averaged less than 58 ppg, while the high-powered Tar Heels only mustered 27 pts in the 1st half before closing with 66. On the offensive end for Bill Self’s squad, with Memphis running wild after creating turnovers, look for their veteran backcourt to slow things down to keep Rose & Douglas-Roberts from hitting the open court. Especially with the Tigers inconsistencies from downtown all season...
Especially with the Tigers inconsistencies from downtown all season, look for Kansas to pack-it-in and make Rose beat them from the perimeter. Finally, I expect both teams to come out a little flat after their big-time performances just two days ago and some nervous-energy to keep this a lower than expected 1st half. And because I think this will be a nail-bitter, expect the final 5 minutes to be a possession-by-possession slugfest with plenty of missed FTs and both teams struggling to crack 70 points. Feel free to call me a BEEATCH for not picking a winner, but also feel free to thank me once this thing goes UNDA…Jayhawks/Tigers total 136-142 points