Besides the mega matchups of the late 1970's and early 1980's featuring Jordan, Sampson, Ewing, Bias, Bird and Johnson this year’s matchup in Rupp Arena between North Carolina and Kentucky might be the most pro talent we have ever seen on a college floor.
Kentucky has five lottery picks on their team (Teague, Lamb, Gilchrist, Davis and Jones) and seven draft picks overall (Teague, Lamb, Miller, Gilchrist, Jones, Davis and Wiltjer.)
North Carolina matches the Wildcats with five potential lottery picks (Barnes, Zeller, Henson, McAddo and Marshall) and has six potential drafts picks overall (Barnes, Zeller, Henson, McAddo, Marshall and Hairston).
This game also has great storylines:
Can Calipari’s freshman first rounders keep up with the skilled veterans of Williams Carolina team?
Will UNC get off to a quick start to try to avenge their shocking loss to the Wildcats in the Elite Eight last season?
How will Kendall Marshall be able to deal with the speed of Marquis Teague?
Who on Kentucky’s team will be able to guard Harrison Barnes?
Who wins the matchup between Anthony Davis and John Henson?
Will Terrence Jones avenge his mediocre regular season performance against the Heels last season?
Will Carolina’s depth be a huge advantage against the Wildcats?
Have these games started to be so good that we have to consider Kentucky and Carolina a rivalry?
Will this be a preview of the national championship game?
This is probably going to be one of the most hyped games in recent college basketball history.
Its John Calipari’s most talented team ever against Roy Williams' most talented team ever.
It’s the one and dones against the run and guns, it's dark blue against light blue, it’s the SEC’s best against the ACC’s best, it’s the vacated against the vindicated, but most importantly, it is a matchup of two of the most talented teams in modern college basketball history.
You might not want to watch, but you probably will not be able to take your eyes off the talent on the floor.