There aren’t any major surprises in the 2012 Final Four field, meaning that fans should be in for some extremely competitive basketball. Even 36-2 Kentucky, the presumptive national-title favorite for months, will have some serious challenges to overcome if it hopes to cut down the nets in New Orleans.
One of the constants with this quartet of teams—and, conventional wisdom aside, it doesn’t always work out this way—is that they all play outstanding defense. Kentucky leads the nation in field-goal percentage allowed and blocks, Louisville and Kansas are tied for third in field-goal defense and Ohio State is ahead of all three in scoring defense (59.7 points a game).
Aside from making life tough for opposing offenses, though, the Final Four squads don’t have a whole lot in common. Take a look at this collection of strengths and weaknesses that could make the championship-winning (or championship-losing) difference for each team still standing in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
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