I wasn’t there, so I can’t offer much analysis or commentary. What I’ve got is based on watching Score Reporter and talking to my friends and former teammates on Virginia’s Night Train.
Here’s how the Championship Bracket played out:
- Looks like Florida ramped up their effort this weekend in comparison to CCCs of the past. Given that they lost Brodie Smith and Chris Gibson, this was a smart strategy: they need to put their new-look lineup to the test against actual competition. But looking at Alex Hill’s comments to Sky’d, I’m guessing they also did a good job of using CCC as a teaching tournament. Really, that’s what impresses me most about Florida: their offense can be broken down into prety specific positions, and they do a good job of teaching players how to play the positions that they’re best at. People spend a lot of time knocking their short rotation, but given that they reload with new players that are ready to contribute year in and year out, I think they’re doing something right.
- On the Florida note, people tend to harp on them being unsportsmanlike. Two friends of mine told me that playing Florida was a really good time, and that they weren’t unwilling to listen to discussion on foul calls. In fact, I was told that Alton Gaines and Nathan Sage both took back foul calls after hearing Virginia’s case, which I think is noteworthy.
- Glad to see that after a rough start to Saturday, UVA righted the ship and made Finals for the second year in a row. Next weekend’s UOA Nationals will tell us something about how well they handle back-to-back tournament weekends.
- I would not have predicted Alabama over Michigan State. Anyone got anything on either of these teams?
- Anyone care to comment on Texas? They had a strong weekend, and I’m guessing that last year’s experience will help their returners take them back to Nationals. I’m guessing they’re still a vert stack team, but I really don’t know anything about them and didn’t hear anything either.
- Rough weekend for Jojah. From what I’m told, they’re very athletic, but also young. I’d imagine that they’ll continue to find an identity as the year moves along, so we’ll see about them come Spring.
Discussion’s always a good thing, so if you were in Athens, holla.