It all comes down to this. After five months of drama — blowouts and thrillers, suspensions and comebacks (and more suspensions, in some cases), feel-good upsets and heartbreaking defeats — all but two teams are watching from their couches. March Madness lived up to its name once again, as no-names like Norfolk State and red-hot sleepers like Louisville busted the brackets of amateur analysts and problem gamblers across the country.
But as is the case almost every year (non-Butler division), the championship game itself holds few surprises. Kentucky, far and away the most dominant team in the nation this year, has had this game in its sights since Day One. Kansas is a little more interesting since it wasn’t expected to be a title contender this year, but it still embodies the college basketball establishment — Dr. Naismith himself worked at the school, after all.
So here we are — UK vs. KU. A showdown of basketball royalty. Naismith coach of the year Bill Self’s Jayhawks will attempt to do the impossible and spoil the coronation of John Calipari’s Wildcats. But for all his accolades, Calipari still lacks a national title, and the last team to deny him in the championship game was Self’s 2008 Kansas squad. The media has no shortage of storylines to play up, but what about the basketball? Have no fear, dear readers, because we’ve got you covered: The usual matchup analysis, game predictions and nonsense is after the jump. Continue reading