Elite 8 Scores: Sunday's Winners Will Play for National Championship

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 24, 2012

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2011 State Farms Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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On Sunday, North Carolina will take on Kansas, and Kentucky will match up with Baylor. The winners of these games will play each other for the national championship. Indirectly, they will have to take on winners from the East and West regions, but ultimately it will come down to the last teams standing from these two games.

Baylor is a very talented team, especially in the frontcourt with Perry Jones III and the active Quincy Acy. That said, they don't have the guard play nor the three-point shooters to defeat Kentucky.

Brady Heslip is the only consistent shooter from distance. There is a tremendous amount of pressure on Heslip to carry the Bears from deep. The rest of the Bears are only 9-of-30 from three in the tournament.

The Wildcats have too much talent across the board.

They will advance to the Final Four and knock off Louisville for the second time this season. The Cardinals don't have the depth and overall size to match up with the Wildcats' size. In their first matchup, Kentucky throttled Louisville on the glass, including 19 boards from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and won by seven.

I think the Wildcats will play an even better game than they did in the first matchup, and hand Louisville the loss.

In the other game, North Carolina's uncertainty at the point guard position will cost them against Kansas. They just barely skated by against Ohio, despite turning the ball over 24 times.

This moment, and the talent of the opponents at this stage, is too big for Stilman White. Even if the injured Kendall Marshall plays, he won't be 100 percent. The game with Kansas would have been tough at full strength. Without the ideal PG situation, they will fall to Kansas.

Kansas will then face the winner of Ohio State and Syracuse. I'm predicting the Buckeyes will be victorious there. That said, Ohio State doesn't have an answer for the overall size and rebounding from Kansas.

Kentucky and Kansas is a rematch, as the teams met in the second game of the season. Kentucky was a 10-point winner in that one, but it was so early in the season, I don't think it'll have much to do with this one.

The national championship will pit the two primary candidates for National Player of the Year against each other—Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Thomas Robinson of Kansas. Not only will the NCAA Final be a matchup of marquee programs, it'll also feature the two best players in the country as well.


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