SAN ANTONIO -- Wow, that was one of the best performances I've seen in a long time by a backcourt in a Final Four game. UCLA simply had no answer for Memphis' tandem of point guard Derrick Rose and off guard Chris Douglas-Roberts in a 78-63 beatdown in the national semifinals.
Rose, a freshman who could be the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, had 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Douglas-Roberts, who is 6-7 and a nightmare to match up with, had 28 points. Douglas-Roberts, a junior, had 25 points in each of Memphis' wins in the regionals last weekend. He looks like a pro to me, too. In fact, Rose and Douglas-Roberts could be two of the top five or six guards in America.
No wonder Memphis is in the national championship game.