Todays Match Up of the Day is the Kansas Jayhawks against the North Carolina Tar Heels. This game is on CBS at 5:15 ET. This game is the Match Up of the Day because it is two historic teams facing each other and also Roy Williams is facing his old team. This match up is a battle of teams and a battle of coaches, one Hall of Famer and one future Hall of Famer.
Kansas’ Keys: Kansas came into the tournament with a lot of momentum but that might have come quickly to a halt after barely surviving against sixteenth seed Western Kentucky. What the Jayhawks need to do to win this game is establish their tempo. They cannot let the Tar Heels set the tempo in the game. Also they need to work the ball into the paint, I don’t think North Carolina’s small match up can contain Jeff Withey. It is crucial that Kansas defends the perimeter well because North Carolina is a great three point shooting team, and once they start knocking down threes the Jayhawks might be turned into the Tar Heels nice roasted bird dinner.
Carolina’s Keys: For North Carolina to pull of the upset they need P.J. Hairston to have a big game. He is the heart and soul of this Tar Heels team and if he doesn’t show up the Tar Heels might be sent right back to Chapel Hill. They also need James Michael McAdoo to play well. He is the only big man that they have and he has a tough task up against Jeff Withey and Perry Ellis. UNC is a lethal three point shooting team so if they even want a chance to upset the Jayhawks the need to shoot lights out.
Prediction: This is going to be a battle for the ages. Kansas is a very talented team, but I think there is something really special about this Tar Heels team. I think that North Carolina is going to pull the monumental upset and advance to the Sweet Sixteen.