The Final Four is set and there are plenty of familiar faces.
There isn’t a Butler or VCU in this year’s last weekend, just four powerhouse programs looking to add another trophy to an already overflowing shelf.
Louisville was the first team to punch their ticket, but will be the biggest underdog during the weekend. Rick Pitino will be coaching in his sixth career Final Four and is in charge of a red-hot Cardinals team that has ridden the momentum of winning the Big East tournament to land in the Final Four.
The Cardinals will be playing a Kentucky team that is seeking their first title since 1998.
The Big Blue was ousted by UConn in last year’s Final Four. In December, it was Kentucky that bested Louisville 69-62 in a Bluegrass rivalry that divides the state.
The other matchup should be just as exciting.
Kansas will be playing in their 14th Final Four against an Ohio State team that hasn’t been here since reaching the championship in 2007. Earlier this season, the Jayhawks got the best of the Buckeyes by a 78-67 count, but OSU was playing without star Jared Sullinger.
The rubber match should be a memorable one.
Here is everything you need to know to ensure you catch every minute of what looks to be an epic weekend in the Big Easy.
When: Saturday, March 30th, 6:00 p.m. ET
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
No. 1 Kentucky (36-2) vs. No. 4 Louisville (30-9) 6:09 p.m. ET
No. 2 Ohio State (31-7) vs. No. 2 Kansas (31-6) approximately 8:49 p.m. ET
Streaming: Check every minute of the action live at NCAA.com
Kentucky is clearly the team to beat and I would be shocked if Louisville stays within 10 points. There is simply too much talent and too much speed for a Cardinals team that lacks offensive firepower.
Kentucky 71, Louisville 57
In the other game, I expect Jared Sullinger to get the better of Thomas Robinson.
Sullinger is playing some of the best ball of his career right now and has the look of a man on a mission. It’s going to be a very physical game with plenty of free throws, which ends up being the difference for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State 69, Kansas 67