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NCAA Tournament: Whose Trophy Is It Anyway?

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29:  Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels dunks the ball while taking on the Oklahoma Sooners during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional Final at the FedExForum on March 29, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Chris GrinsteadCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

Can the North Carolina Tar Heels declaw the Villanova Wildcats? Can the Michigan State Spartans tame the UConn Huskies?

These among many other questions are on the minds of millions of American sports fans as they try and tackle predictions for the pinnacle of all college basketball in the Final Four and then the National Championship.

All signs indicate that the Tar Heels will have a tough battle ahead of them against this scrappy Villanova squad led by senior guard Scottie Reynolds. He is a hot young NBA prospect who can drive with the best of them and get hot from behind the arc as well.

Ty Lawson, however, should be able to match him in this game making them, essentially, cancel each other out as factors in this game. Tyler Hansbrough and Dante Cunningham should also match up nicely as another draw between the two teams.

The real X-factor in this game should be the play of Wayne Ellington and Danny Green. If one of these two sharpshooters can tap into their double-digit scoring potential on Saturday, then the North Carolina Tar Heels should be your advancing team into the National Championship game.

Michigan State has almost a home game for the Final Four and the National Championship game if they can get there against the UConn Huskies. That is no gimme game either folks.

UConn has a big guy in Hasheem Thabeet who can not only shut a post player down, but also shut down anyone inside the paint with his uncanny shot-blocking abilities. If AJ Price's shot is on and one other Husky can step up for legendary Coach Jim Calhoun, then the Spartans can kiss their second home game goodbye.  

The National Championship trophy should be headed to Chapel Hill, North Carolina once again as they should be able to beat both Villanova in the Final Four along with the winner of the Michigan State/ UConn game, whoever that may be.

Carolina is firing on all cylinders now that Ty Lawson is back. If he gets re-injured, then the trophy should be headed to Storrs, Connecticut, but it is March Madness, so anything can happen.

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