The Kentucky Wildcats will march their way through the bracket, taking out Western Kentucky, Connecticut, Indiana, Duke and Marquette.
Earlier I did say that Kansas was probably the most evenly matched team that will face Carolina in the tournament. Well, if it isn't Kansas, it's definitely Kentucky. Both play with three forwards and two guards. Both have size and speed.
Kentucky's defense is stifling, giving up only 59 points per game through the regular season. There are few people that block more shots than John Henson, but Anthony Davis is one of them. Kentucky's freshman forward is 6'10” and 220 pounds like Henson, but he averages 4.62 blocks per game to Henson's 2.94.
As a matter of fact, Davis blocked Henson's shot in the final seconds of their last meeting on Dec. 3. If Henson's wrist keeps him out of any games, it won't be this one.
Davis also leads the Wildcats with 14.3 points per game. Their players don't put up astounding individual offensive stats, but they play very well as a team. Six Kentucky players average 9.4 points per game or more—four average double-digits.
The thing that makes this battle's outcome different than the last meeting is a better Carolina bench. P.J. Hairston is coming around and the Tar Heels desperately need their freshman guard to step up and continue to knock down three-pointers.
McAdoo has also gotten invaluable playing time with Henson out and has started to catch up to the college game.
Statistically, I would probably give Kentucky the edge. They have been much more consistent than the Heels throughout the season. Sometimes you just can't go by that, though.
Sometimes, it's just a feeling.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are hungrier than Kentucky. Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes are ready for the NBA, but they do not want to leave without a championship—it would be Zeller's second. They played well in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, but lost to Kentucky.
They are hungry, like they were at Duke in the final game of the season. Marshall got aggressive and they continued to play well in the ACC tournament without John Henson. This group is ready to win—and why not make it against the team that knocked them out last year.
It will be one of the great championship games we have witnessed. It will go down to the wire and UNC will pull it out with a Harrison Barnes pull-up jumper at the buzzer.
North Carolina wins 79-78.