NCAA Title Game: Are Memphis and Kansas the Two Best Teams?

John LewisSenior Writer IApril 7, 2008

With Monday night's title game pitting the Memphis Tigers against the Kansas Jayhawks, I wonder are these two teams the best in the game?

Both teams can make the argument of being the best team in the land after knocking off North Carolina and UCLA.  But in a best of three series, I don't know if Kansas and Memphis win. 

However, it's single elimination, so forget that theory.

What I can tell you is that Memphis has the two best players in the championship game, Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts.  Both torched UCLA and should do the same against Kansas, although the Jayhawk defense is a little better then the Bruins' D.

For the Big XII champs, they counter with a deeper team and better inside presence.  I don't think Joey Dorsey and Robert Dozier have the stones to keep up with Darnell Jackson, Darrell Arthur, and Sasha Kaun.

Kaun provides senior leadership coming off the bench and at 6’11” and has the ability to clog up the lane and make things tough inside. 

But with all these numbers, are they still the two best teams playing for the national championship? 

I don't think they are, but you can certainly make the case that they are the two hottest teams.

Both came out fighting and slowed down their opponents with tough defense and great coaching.  So maybe I'm wrong.  After all, these are the two teams left standing.

The Conference USA Champs come in as a slim 1.5-point favorite, and if their free throw shooting holds up they should cap off the dream season. 

I will say that head man John Calipari has done a great coaching job—one for getting his team to focus and forget about the weak conference talk, and two for getting his team to hit some free throws when the whole country was counting them out.

My prediction stands. Memphis wins by seven, 70-63.