NCAA Tournament: Which Is the Hottest Team in the Final Four?

John LewisSenior Writer IApril 1, 2008

Finally, the NCAA tournament selection committee got it right. All four No. 1-seeds made it to the Final Four for the first time ever

Who has the edge in the season's final weekend?

Roy Williams has already said he doesn't want to play against the Kansas Jayhawks for obvious reasons.  But I couldn't help but notice the look on Bill Self's face as the last shot for Davidson went in the air. 

The expression on his face said, if this goes in I may never coach in the Final Four.  Luckily for him, the shot to potentially win the game for Davidsion missed and the Big XII champs are in.

North Carolina, in the eyes of most, has played the best basketball leading up to the final show, beating teams by more than 30 points twice and winning by double figures in each game. 

However, most forget they had the home crowd the whole time, so they were expected to win by that much.

UCLA, from the Western region, has had a new player step up in each game, so they haven't relied on one player too much, with one exception.

That one exception is Kevin Love.  The super freshman is scoring with ease and making defenses pay for leaving him open outside the paint. 

Memphis, representing the South, is now looking like the team to beat. They seem to have corrected their free throw woes and are winning easily.

Derrick Rose is playing amazing basketball and was close to a triple-double against the Texas Longhorns.  He finished with 21 points, nine assists, and six rebounds to lead the Tigers back to their first Final Four since 1985.

The Jayhawks looked tough as well, winning their first three games by an average of 19 points.  But the scare against Davidson made Kansas look beatable. 

They'll have to rely on balanced scoring to up-end the Tar Heels, who have truly played like the tournament's overall top seed.

North Carolina has put on a show by beating its opponents by an average of 25 points.  Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson have led the way with great inside-outside play.

My prediction is that North Carolina will play UCLA in the final.  This will feature a great inside and point guard battle.

While Lawson for UNC and Collison for UCLA may not be the best point guards in the country, they definitely are the two fastest.

This match-up will also feature the best big men in college basketball, Tyler Hansbrough versus Kevin Love.  Both are big and strong and both want a piece of the net to take to the NBA next season.