Wednesday, March 11, 2009

AAAA Final Four primer

Wednesday at Gwinnett Arena
Bainbridge vs. Tucker, 5:30 p.m.
Richmond Academy vs. Miller Grove, 8:30 p.m.

Why Bainbridge wins: Because no one knows anything about them. The Bearcats are balanced, deep and ready to keep winning. The southwest Georgia team will travel nearly five hours to the Gwinnett Arena and this club could be playing for more respect of any team in the building this week. Senior forward Antroine Williford is the best player. Bainbridge has won 27 games this year and two of it’s losses have come in overtime and just by a bucket.

Why Tucker wins: Manny Atkins. The senior knows the time is now. He took over in a huge road win over Hillgrove in the first round of the state tournament. When your seniors are in a zone, good things happen. Luckily for Tucker, Atkins found his zone as a sophomore and won a state title that year. Plus, the Tigers have already sent two teams worthy of a Final Four run – Hillgrove and Marist – to bed for the season.

Why Richmond Academy wins: The kids from Augusta are looking to continue the city’s success at the Final Four level. Last year Glenn Hills won the AAA title. This year, ARC is looking to bring home the AAAA hardware. Big man Ricardo Glenn is talented but Miller Grove will throw a lot of size at him. Guard play will be the x-factor for the Musketeers.

Why Miller Grove wins: Because the Wolverines are the best team in the state. Too big, too deep, too athletic and too talented. There are too many too’s to mention.

Georgia Hoops picks: Tucker over Bainbridge, Miller Grove over Richmond Academy