Except for top-seeded Kansas, who blitzed through its first two opponents, the Midwest Regional was Bizarro World. Kramer had a briefcase full of crackers for his 9-to-5 job, Elaine met Bizarro Jerry, George and Kramer, George dated models and Jerry was disorganized.
Davidson’s Stephen Curry and Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds could probably date some models, or maybe some hot campus co-eds, after their performances in the first two rounds, allowing No. 10 Davidson and No. 12 Villanova to fill the role of the dual Cinderella.
Can they continue? That’s the million-dollar question.
No. 10 Davidson vs. No. 3 Wisconsin
Curry has been out of control during victories over Gonzaga and Georgetown, combining for 70 points – 55 in the second half – in the two wins. The son of former NBA standout Dell Curry was straight ballin’ in the clutch as has made the Wildcats, who are located somewhere near Charlotte, into national darlings.
Wisconsin is no one’s darling. The Badgers are more likely to hit you with a tire iron then exhibit any sort of graces, as they won the Big Ten with in-your-face defense. Their key player is guard Michael Flowers, who’s main skill is taking the opposing team’s best guard and subduing him.
It will be hard to subdue Curry, who is averaging 35 points per game in the tourney. If Wisconsin keeps him to his regular season average of 25 though, it’ll move on.
No. 12 Villanova vs. No. 1 Kansas
It seems asinine to regard the Wildcats, who are out of the Big East and who are making their third Sweet 16 appearance in four years, as a Cinderella. But Nova was a surprise tournament pick (and a pick dissed at length by me) and got by a hot team in No. 5 Clemson in the first round, thanks to 21 points by Reynolds. Reynolds, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, proceeded to destroy fellow Cinderella Siena with 25 points in the second round.
Can Nova’s ride last against the Jayhawks? Me thinks not. Kansas comes at you in waves, going 10 deep and having a roster that the Miami Heat would consider being jealous of. Well, maybe not, but you get my drift. Villanova proved me wrong in getting this far, but I don’t see it continuing that trend.