The first two rounds of the 2007 NCAA tournament are history and 16 teams remain. Four of those will be playing in the Alamodome this weekend, but only one will be heading to Atlanta to the Final Four. March 22 will see Texas A&M take on the University of Memphis, and Ohio State goes up against the University of Tennessee, with the winners meeting on the 24th to determine the winner of the South Regional.
Ohio State has spent some scattered weeks at the number one position in the rankings, and are led by super-freshman Greg Oden. They are coming off a nail-biting overtime win over rival Ohio school, Xavier, and former employer of current OSU coach, Thad Matta. Tennessee, led by Bruce Pearl, scored the highest number of points so far in the tourney, when they hung 121 on Long Beach State in the first round. Tennessee loves to play pressure defense, and drain three-pointers. Chris Lofton, the SEC player of the year, heads their aggressive attack, and can put a game away with his three point ability. Ohio State beat the Volunteers by two points in their January match-up, and the Vols would love to return the favor by sending OSU back to Columbus.
In the other match-up, Memphis is out to prove that their ridiculous 32-3 record is no joke. Many people are saying that Memphis has been fattening up on mediocre teams, by coming out of the weak Conference USA, but anyone who has seen them play knows that they has as much talent as anyone in the tourney. The Tigers are out to prove that even though they are young (5 freshmen, 6 sophomores, 1 senior), they aren’t a bunch of kittens. Their sophomore guard and leader Chris Douglas-Roberts is averaging 15.3 points a game, but injured his ankle in their last game against Nevada. Memphis will be going up against what is sure to be the hometown favorite, and the only team remaining from Texas, Texas A&M. The Alamodome should be awash in a sea of Aggie maroon, as Billy Gillespie leads his team back to their home state. The Aggies are coming off a narrow win over Louisville, in what was one of the most exciting games in the tournament, so far. A&M point guard Acie Law IV is the player responsible for leading the Aggies, who were winless in the Big 12 just three years ago. Law is coming off a 26 point performance which has sparked A&M to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 27 years. After having to play Louisville in Kentucky, it’s only fair that the Aggies get to have some Texas cooking and support as they try to keep their run to the championship alive!
Texas A&M/Memphis tip off Thursday, March 22 at 7:27 P.M.
Ohio State/Tennessee tip off afterwards at 9:57 P.M.
The winners will then have a day off to rest, before taking each other on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four in Atlanta.