Re: 2011 NCAA Tournament: National Championship, Tuesday 3 on ESPNU. Virginia vs USC
The war is today at 3(good time because Roland Garros will be wrapping up for the day).
USc going for their 3rd straight title. Virginia looking for their 1st.
Doubles will be key. Both teams have very strong doubles teams. I give the slight edge to Virginia in doubles.
1. Shabaz vs Johnson - Johnson is a man amongst boys at this point. beating Spencer 6-0 6-0 was the most impressive win I have seen in a long while in college tennis. He is abusing opponents lately. Shabaz has the game to challeneg Johnson. Shabaz is not as consistent, but he will not be destroyed and it is importnat that he give a competitive effort. Johnson smoking him would give momentum to the whole team and set the tone. Pick: Johnson
2. Domijan vs Poldma - Poldma has been on a slide recently. Can he bring his A game to the table to bother Domijan? He will have to. I expect Domijan to roll up Poldma today. Pick: Domijan
3. Singh vs Nguyen - Match of the day. Two very clutch seniors who have given much to their teams. Nguyen clinched the title last year for USC, Singh has clinched the last two matches for UVA to advance this far. This will be a battle and if I had to choose to only watch one it would be this battle. Pick: Nguyen
4. Jenkins vs Sarmiento - Another very close tie. Both are very close in skill and experience. Jenkins has a bigger serve but Sarmiento is a better pure ball striker. I give a slight edge to Jenkins. pick: Jenkins
5. Shane vs Gomez - Shane has now lost the last two matches in the NCAA tournament. He has yet to show he can step up in the big time. Gomez is an ATP experienced player and has largely been dissapointing overall this season. Pick: Gomez
6: Uriguen vs Lucasen - These two played last year when UVA played USC in the semifinals. Lucassen won 6-2 6-3. I don't expect much to change. Uriguen may be a better player now but there is still the matchup issue. Pick: Lucassen
USC wins 4-3 in a very close match.
Kei Nishikori, Donald Young, Somdev Devvarman, Dustin Brown, Steve Johnson, Yannick Maden
Robert Farah, Clement Reix, Alexander Dolgopolov, Nathan Thompson