The term “uphill battle” doesn’t do justice to the task facing the Kansas Jayhawks on Monday night. On paper, it’s hard to find much encouragement for Bill Self’s squad as it tries to take down the No. 1-ranked Kentucky Wildcats.
Of course, the NCAA tournament championship doesn’t always go the way it should on paper, and there are several question marks heading into this matchup that could potentially balance out Kentucky’s considerable advantages.
One major unknown is the performance of Jayhawk shooting guard Elijah Johnson, who could give Kentucky’s defense a workout if he can maintain the hot shooting hand he’s had throughout the postseason.
Read on for a closer look at Johnson’s prospects and another half-dozen variables that will decide which team cuts down the nets as 2012 NCAA champions.