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No Hoya paranoia here

March 30, 2007 - Neil Rudel

Of the two NCAA semifinals, I'm most intrigued by Georgetown-Ohio State.

Maybe it's because I'm more familiar with the Buckeyes, maybe it's because it's the big-stage return for Georgetown, I just see more intrigue in this game, and I actually am rooting for both.

I wish they were in opposite brackets and could meet in the national final.

Of the Final Four, Georgetown appears to be playing the best -- certainly the hardest. The Hoyas' determination in overcoming a late lead and then blowing out North Carolina in overtime was impressive.

Though he wants to be his own man, John Thompson III would look cool draped in his father's towel.

Ohio State, with Greg Oden in foul trouble, has flirted with defeat throughout the Dance. I'm picking the Hoyas.

Ben Howland has elevated UCLA to a level beyond what he was able to accomplish at Pitt.

I'd like to see a UCLA-Georgetown final, in part because it would mean more air time for John Wooden.

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