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It’s not like I write for SI or something but I will speak briefly on the game tonight. I have already blogged on my dilemma; for a local team to make the Final Four is a once in a lifetime event – like a total solar eclipse!  (The last one in Virginia was March 7, 1970 and the next one is September 14, 2099!)  Got to root for VCU Rams!  However, I do admire both Butler and its coach.

I think the game is something like that physics dilemma:  What if a immovable object met an irresistible force?  (By the way, the answer is the universe cannot have both at the same time!)  Butler somehow finds a way to win and its coach studies the other teams for weaknesses and molds his team to best combat the other team.  VCU is playing as a team and playing hard; they pressure the other team into mistakes:

Southern California, VCU’s opponent in the First Four, probably did the best job of the Rams’ first five foes. The Trojans held on for a half, keeping the score tied at 22, before the stress of the VCU attack broke them down. The final was 59-46, but the second half was a runaway. Southern California gave in, and VCU was pouring it on when the final horn mercifully sounded.

Georgetown and Purdue pretty much gave in from the beginning. VCU hit shots early, the Hoyas and then the Boilermakers panicked, and it was over. They tried to play VCU’s game, and in the last three weeks, nobody’s going to beat VCU at its own game. The faster the pace, the more frenetic the style, the better for VCU.  *  *  *  The Jayhawks succumbed to the VCU pressure, taking the shots the Rams were begging them to take. At the end of the game the numbers were shocking, ugly. Kansas had made just two 3-pointers, but not for lack of trying. The Jayhawks jacked up 21 of them. VCU offered, and Kansas accepted. It’s a human failing.

So, tonight we’ll find out if our universe has a immovable object or an irresistible force.  I think either VCU wins by ten or more points or Butler will win on a last second shot by Matt Howard.

As for the other game, I could care less.  I’m not even interested in it.  I read that network leaders were concerned about the audience for the VCU-Butler game versus the two old basketball powers.  I think only BB purists or diehard fans will care about the second game – the nation will be fixated on VCU versus Butler.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. deron says:

    If VCU hits threes, they win. This has been one the strangest tournaments I’ve ever seen. VCU/Butler will be a historic game, two unranked teams in Final Four game. This occurrence says a lot about college basketball today, anyone can win it all.


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