Day two of this lovely tournament gets underway soon. Here is a look ahead to UMass and their matchup with play-in game winner Tennessee. Watch the game live on the interweb here: http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness-live
Three Keys for UMass
- Push it real good! Few teams play at the pace UMass does, and Tennessee is ill-equipped to handle the high-speed game the Minutemen will want to play. Look for guards Chazz Williams (who is featured here, on ESPN.com) to set the tone early in this game, and make the Volunteers play UMass ball.
- Crash the boards. Tennessee has one of the most talented and also most brutal big men in the country in Jarnell Stokes. He is like a mini Jared Sullinger, and the UMass front court has the dubious honor of keeping him off the boards, and out of the paint. If Tennessee wins the battle on the boards, they may be able to slow the game down in their favor.
- Coach Derek Kellogg must know the tournament favors guard play. I am sure he is telling his team to attack the paint as much as they can, and get the Vols into as much foul trouble as possible. Then the game becomes as simple as hitting your free throws, though which this time of year, can be the hardest thing to do.
The game starts at 2:45 p.m. EST and will airing on CBS. I am not sure if i covered all of my bases, but, I am pretty sure I mentioned something about watching the game online here: http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness-live
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