Monday, December 6, 2010

Old Story New Faces

This is one of my favorite events in college athletics. The Jimmy V Classic. Great basketball, promoting a great cause. The Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research is my favorite charity  and I encourage you to donate money for a very worthy cause. I also encourage you to watch Coach Jim Valvano's very inspiring ESPY speech. Now to the basketball. The 1st matchup has the 2008 National Championship game. #14 Memphis and #4 Kansas square-off in a battle of un-beatens. We will find out if Memphis is for real. They are a relatively un-tested team. They also are another one of those young, reloaded teams. This team finds leadership in their junior guard/forward Wesley Witherspoon. He is averaging almost 14 points, and about 5 rebounds a game. Now amazing numbers, but getting the job done. The core freshman on this team, are key pieces to this team. Freshman guard Joe Jackson is averaging 12 points and over 4 assists a game. Guard Will Barton is averaging about 12 points and 4 rebounds a game. These guys will have to give more then usual if Memphis wants a shot at winning this game.

Kansas is a very strong team. They are averaging about 90 points per game. That is 3rd best in the NCAA. Not only that, but they average the most assists per game and have the highest field goal percentage in the country. So its pretty obvious why Kansas is 7-0. They play quality team basketball. Junior forward Marcus Morris averages almost 19 points, and 7 rebounds a game. He is the leader of this team skills wise. Also the experience of Kansas gives The Jay Hawks the edge. The Hawks start 3 juniors, a senior, and a sophomore. This is why I like Kansas by double digits.-Josh Neighbors

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