North Carolina vs. Kansas – How Can You Beat a Mirror?
Posted by admin on January 16, 2008
Unlike in college football, where upsets were the rule not the exception, this season in college basketball is turning out to be pretty predicatable. The good teams are beating the bad teams, and you can almost guaranteeÂ who will be in theÂ Final FourÂ months before March Madness even begins. North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas and UCLAÂ have been absolutely decimating the competition and are the teams to beat at the moment, with Tennessee, Duke and Georgetown right on their heels. After going weeks without suffering defeat, it seemed as if none of these teams would ever lose. But now, 10 weeks into the season,Â the dust has finally settled a bit and the cream, as it were, has risen to the top.
North Carolina, Kansas and Memphis are the only undefeated teams left in college basketball, and they are the likliest candidates for national champs this season. Each of these teams is consistently beating opponents by double digits and showing that they are in a league ofÂ their own.Â Honestly, watching these teamsÂ makes me feel that they are not quite good enough to be in the NBA, but certainly better than the college level. So, when tourney time comes and these teams inevitably saunter their way into the final rounds, who will win?
Well, here’s my Final Four: #4 UCLA vs #1 North Carolina and #2 Kansas vs. #3 Memphis. In my mind North Carolina will make easy work of UCLA and Kansas will overwhelm the Tigers. But in the championship gameÂ it is a complete wash. I mean, how can you beat a mirror? How can someone choose between two teams that are so similar in style? Both UNC and Kansas have insanely stifling defenses. And they both love to get out and run when that defense forces turnovers. In addition, both teams have strong, intelligent guards who can not only orchestrate the offense but also create for themselves. Both have big men who are agile and relentlessÂ in the paint and on the boards.Â Plus, UNC and Kansas both have a certain tenacity and will to win that other teams seem to lack.
Basically whatÂ I am saying is that, for me, March Madness may turn out to be a mere formality this year until the final game. Kansas and UNC are going to be there, no ifs ands or buts about it.Â However, whether Kansas wins that game or UNC wins that game is up to chance. Either team could be victorious. It all depends on how the game plays out. Whoever gets the fortunate bounces will come away champions.