It's fun and fashionable to pretend that Billy Donovan is the be-all, end-all of Florida basketball. But that's just not so.
And the man who led Florida to its first Final Four may take Oklahoma to another this year.
Lon Kruger's probably never going to get another shot at the Final Four as he has right now: Oklahoma's the No. 3 seed in a region that has already lost its No. 1 and No. 2 seed, and while his Sooners do have Tom Izzo's suddenly steely Michigan State Spartans to deal with on this Friday night, every team left in this East Regional has lost at least eight games this year. Why shouldn't the Sooners, with the No. 6 per-possession defense in the country, be the team to survive Syracuse? (The Louisville-N.C. State prelude to that game is an amusing matchup of two ACC teams playing in the arena of a third.)
The other side of the bracket features a couple of games I suspect may be blowouts. Duke should handle Utah, if only because Duke is sort of the grown-up version of Utah in a lot of ways, and Gonzaga is similarly positioned against UCLA ... and, also, is not UCLA.
Here's your television schedule for the night. Remember: For online streaming, March Madness Live is your friend, as long as you can validate your TV service provider.
|No. 2 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA
|No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 8 N.C. State
|No. 1 Duke vs. No. 5 Utah
|No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Michigan State