On March 16, 65 teams began the NCAA basketball tournament with one goal in mind: winning the national championship. Almost three weeks later, only four teams are still in the hunt of keeping their championship dreams alive. This year’s Final Four to be played Saturday in San Antonio, consists of all four No. 1 seeds from their respective regions. In one semifinal matchup, you will have North Carolina against Kansas followed by Memphis vs. UCLA.
These four teams have a combined total of 47 Final Four appearances between them.
UNC vs. Kansas is a matchup of two powerhouses in college basketball. The two teams are the most balanced in the country. North Carolina is led by All American forward Tyler Hansbrough, aka Psycho T, who heads into Saturday’s contest averaging 21 points and just under 10 rebounds a game.
Since the return of Carolina’s point guard Ty Lawson, the Tar Heels have been unstoppable. On the other side, you have the Jayhawks, who have a balanced attack led by senior small forward Brandon Jackson with 11.2 points per game.
North Carolina is averaging 93 points per game in the NCAA tournament, with a 30-point average margin of victory. At this point, North Carolina is unstoppable and will win by double digits.
UCLA hopes that the third time is the charm. They hope that their third straight trip to the Final Four will end with cutting down the nets. The Bruins are led by the fabulous freshmen forward Kevin Love, who is averaging a double double. Their opponent, the Memphis Tigers, have lost only one time this season. They are led by their own fabulous freshman point guard Derrick Rose and junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts.
This game will be a contrast of styles. UCLA likes to play slow, grind-it-out games, and Memphis likes to run up and down the court. This will be a close game but will come down to free throw shooting ,which is Memphis’ Achilles heel. That will allow UCLA to pull it out.
Championship game prediction: This will be a close game but in the end North Carolina will pull away to win its second National Championship in four years.
North Carolina 81