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Alas, we have made it to the Championship game. With what may have been confused as a political debate in the books, the battle of red versus blue is......oh wait, a potential Championship game featuring Kentucky and Ohio State presents us with a recount!
This NCAA Final has the preseason No. 2 vs No. 3 in a battle to cut down the nets, concluding a fantastic year in college basketball. Ohio State vs. Kentucky, Buckeye vs. Wildcat, Matta vs. Calipari, Lil Jon vs. Ashley Judd and of course red vs. blue.
Talk about a game that features 1-5 talent. Both Kentucky and Ohio State have a starting five that can fill the stat sheets. Kentucky is coming in with only two blemishes on their resume, while Ohio State has seven, though one could argue in a much tougher conference. In fact, Kentucky's first loss of the season was to an Indiana team that Ohio State had to play twice, going 1-1 in those games.
Kentucky has looked just about unbeatable much of the year, without question winning every game in this tournament by double digits. However, Ohio State is arguably playing their best basketball ever, having a nearly flawless March aside from a four-point loss in the Big Ten Championship to No. 1-seeded Michigan State.
Both teams showcase future NBA talent and have a recent history, especially, of producing it. Both John Calipari and Thad Matta have tasted the bitterness of defeat in this game before, and both are looking to win as a coach for the first time.
Kentucky has six players averaging double digits in points for the tournament, and all have the potential to drive and score and get to the free throw line. Ohio State can match the Wildcats with athleticism and, with Craft at the point guard position, can bother some of the driving abilities of Kentucky and disrupt Freshman guard Marquis Teague. The battle between Anthony Davis and Jared Sullinger could be a fun one to watch, but then again I think the match-ups all over the court present can't-miss entertainment.
Both teams get to the free throw line a lot, with Kentucky shooting a tad better as a team. Calipari's teams have been done in by free throw shooting in the past, but not this time.
Prediction 3: Kentucky sharpens its scissors and cuts down some nets for Calipari by winning 73-67.