The Final Four of the 2012 NCAA Tournament is packed with stellar teams, each with a legitimate chance to run through their next two games and finish as champions.
Let’s take a look at the four programs and, in reverse order, their chances of cutting down the final nets in New Orleans.
No. 4 Louisville—10 percent
The Cardinals have an uphill march if they want to even make the championship game, as they must first get past in-state rival Kentucky.
The Kentucky Wildcats present a massive challenge, and the Cardinals fell 69-62 on New Year's Eve 2011 in the first Battle for the Bluegrass this season.
Louisville does have momentum on their side, and they will have to use that hot streak to their advantage if they want to pull off the upset.
No. 3 Kansas—15 percent
The Jayhawks have already defeated Ohio State this year by a score of 78-67, but the rematch is going to be much tougher.
They are facing a healthy and hungry Buckeyes team that will not give them any breaks like University of North Carolina did by not having Kendall Marshall available to challenge.
No. 2 Ohio State—25 percent
The Buckeyes proved they are committed to dominating the paint and controlling the glass against the Syracuse Orange in the Elite Eight. They won’t shy away from that in the Final Four and it should pay off.
Expect them to meet with Kentucky to decide who college basketball’s champ will be.
Who Will Win the 2012 NCAA Tournament?
No. 1 Kentucky—50 percent
Coach John Calipari’s squad of mostly talented freshman has gotten better with each passing game, and they do not look capable of losing in this tournament.
They have so many ways to score, and they lock their opponents down with defense that other teams only dream about.
It would be an absolute shocker if Kentucky does not win it all after going this far.