Mac Attack 3/23: CBS college hoops analyst Greg Anthony calls in to recap last nights tournament action, preview this weekends games, talk about Carolina’s chances without Kendall Marshall, and if he thinks Marshall will play.
Anthony thought the Syracuse/Wisconsin game was one of the most exciting games of March Madness to date, but felt the play made by Wisconsin in the final seconds of the game was an extremely poor call.
“If the play worked, we wouldn’t be having this conversation…when they got the ball to the free throw line…instead of the guy continuing to move the ball forward…attacking it big and kicking it to the corner, they decided to throw it back…and there was nowhere for him to go…Wisconsin couldn’t make twos! They are not the type of team that has the ability to make shots…if he makes that pass to the corner, they at least get a look…Syracuse’s defense can be difficult, especially if you give them time to set up…I thought it was the best played game we had of the tournament…this game was so efficient from both sides, it was one of the times where the twos beat the threes.”
The game to watch this weekend, in Anthony’s mind, is the Florida/Louisville match. He believes Florida is the team to watch out for this weekend. He feels they were dealt a low seed and have proved they were seeded too low throughout the tourney.
“I think Florida has been the most impressive team in the tournament…when you think about where they were seeded and the low expectations…even the Marquette game, for the most part, it never really was that close…and Marquette is a really good basketball team…they flew under the radar, won the Big East…unbelievable job…It helps them both to only have a day to prepare because they are basically looking at a mirror of themselves.”
Even without Kendall Marshall, Anthony still picks UNC as one of the great teams remaining in the tournament. He said he wouldn’t count Marshall out of play, saying he believes Marshall will make an appearance on the court in the upcoming games.
“They still have arguably the best front line in college basketball…I would be a lot more surprised if they can win without him…with him, they were my pick to win it…when you look at a true elite team…defensively, they were a little below, but offensively they were far superior…without him it becomes different because they have to really change the complexion of who they are…[UNC] has never had to play a game without [Marshall]…Carolina hasn’t had that opportunity…at least now they will get an idea of what their identity will look like without him…I think [Marshall] will play and still be effective…[he won’t be] 100 percent, but his presence on the floor will make a difference.”