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Kentucky vs. Kansas: National Championship Will Come Down to Frontcourt Battle

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15:  Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives the ball against Thomas Robinson #0 of 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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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2012

Fans of college basketball are in for a treat Monday night when they get to see an elite matchup in the frontcourt between Kansas and Kentucky for the national championship.

While the final game of March Madness is always a big deal, the upsets of the past two years have led to mediocrity instead of top talent.

However, this game features the AP National Player of the Year Anthony Davis, and the only unanimous selection to the All-American team in Thomas Robinson.

While these two might not match up directly, they will be flanked by a number of talented players.

Kentucky's Anthony Davis will have to get by one of the best interior defenders in the country in Jeff Withey. 

Withey is not a great scorer, but he held All-American Jared Sullinger to 5-of-19 shooting in the Final Four win over Ohio State.

Thomas Robinson of Kansas is a more complete offensive player than Davis, but he will have to get past Terrence Jones, who is a good defender in his own right.

While there is great guard play on both teams, the contest will come down to these two individual matchups.

Kentucky has won most of their games this season with its talent and athleticism up front. Not only are few teams built to contain them on offense, but most teams struggle to put any points on the board against this future NBA-talent.

However, Kansas has the players to keep the game competitive.

The x-factor will be small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. His athleticism makes him a matchup nightmare, but he has been known to disappear in games.

If he can get going early, the depth of Kentucky might be too much for the Jayhawks to handle.

There would be no shame in losing to one of the most talented college teams ever assembled. 

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