Welcome back to Friends With Bennies, where we sit down with opposing bloggers to talk about their team. Today it's Scott from Bearcats Blog. I answered a few questions for him, which you can find here.
TheUConnBlog: First of all, I couldn't be happier to see Yancy Gates has graduated -- he would have killed UConn this year -- but Cashmere Wright and Sean Kilpatrick are still around to take on UConn's backcourt. What's the best way to slow them down?
Kilpatrick is much more of a scorer than Wright. He will slash inside and get to the foul line. He may have to take a lot of shots, but he will get his. Hot or cold, the ball is going up. As for Wright, he has been more of a 3 point shooter lately. He doesn't go to the foul line often. He doesn't really drive to the basket a lot. The key to slowing them down is pushing them off the 3 point line. They will both attempt long range 3 pointers and make some, but forcing their many attempts to be deep is obviously better. And it's worked for teams so far.
As for the postseason, it absolutely depends on who they get matched up against. If they play someone who can defend them, I worry that they are going to be 1 and out. With such an experienced back court, they could go far if they end up playing people they can defend and make shots against. That sounded really cliche. If they play Creighton they are in luck. If they play Colorado St, they are in trouble.
TUB: What are your thoughts on realignment, or have you been too busy sending holiday cards to ACC presidents to think about it much?