Final Match Up of the Day

Tonight’s Match Up of the Day is the final college basketball game of the year, the National Championship.  The number seven seeded Connecticut Huskies vs the eight seeded Kentucky Wildcats.  Going into the NCAA Tournament no one was suspecting both to make it to the championship game.  Two of the most historic programs will be facing off in Dallas for the right to be called champs.

UConn’s Keys: 

The UConn Huskies have had a fantastic run and most of it is because of their effort on theryan+boatright+new_fixed defensive side of the ball.  Ryan Boatright has been the best defender for this Huskies team and has been so crucial for them throughout this tournament.   Boatright and his backcourt bud, Napier, have a major height disadvantage compared to the monstrous twins that Kentucky has playing the guard position.  Boatright has to wreak havoc on the young Kentucky guards to give his team an advantage.  The X-Factor for the Huskies is forward DeAndre Daniels. It always seems like Daniels is the key for UConn and he can change a game where the Huskies can dominate or they can be dominated.  Daniels had a huge game against the number one overall seed Florida in the Final Four and he is a big reason they won. Daniels has to be a force inside and from the perimeter, but most importantly he has to contain the Wildcats stand out big man Julius Randle.

Kentucky’s Keys: 

The Kentucky Wildcats were the preseason number one team in the country but then theirncb_g_andrewharrison_ms_400x600 inexperience kicked in.  Kentucky had 10 losses in the regular season and some really bad losses like when they lost to South Carolina, who wasn’t even over 500 this year.  The CInderella story wouldn’t be the correct term for their run, it is more like Sleeping Beauty.   The Cats were in a deep deep sleep throughout the regular season but now they have awaken 100 times stronger.  The key for the Wildcats is Mr. Clutch Aaron Harrison.  Harrison has hit three straight game winning threes, which all were highly contested.  Harrison has to play well because he will probably be guarding the best player in the country Mr. Shabazz Napier who is a hungry senior looking to end his college career with a bang.  Harrison has to play well if he wants his fellow freshman to win it all.

Prediction: 

These two teams didn’t even make the NCAA tournament last year and now they are Kevin Ollieplaying each other in the National Championship.  It is just astonishing.  The Kentucky Wildcats have had the most clutch player in the NCAA tournament so he has to do it on the biggest stage right? No.  I think the youth will finally be exposed tonight and the experienced Uconn Huskies will win the National Championship.  Shabazz Napier will win the game for the Huskies an Aaron Harrison will finally miss a game winning shot.  UConn 68 Kentucky 66

 

 

Match Up of the Day

Today’s Match Up of the Day is the number 2 seeded Michigan Wolverines vs the number 8 seeded Kentucky Wildcats. This is a battle of two blue bloods… last year’s national runner-up vs the young guns. This is Michigan vs Kentucky, who will get the last spot into the Final Four?

Michigan’s Keys:

The Michigan Wolverines have the most lethal offense in the country. They have so many Unknowngreat 3-point shooters and they spread out the defense so well. If you give them even an inch of separation they will knock it down. The key player for Michigan is their only senior, center Jordan Morgan. Morgan was unfairly labeled the weak link of this Wolverines team. This postseason he has been the best player for Michigan and he has been playing the tournament of his life. Morgan and his backup Jon Horford are the only true big men on this team and both of them have to contain Kentucky’s star center Julius Randle. Morgan is a great defender, last game vs Tennessee, Morgan shut down the Vols’ star Jarnell Stokes and he drew the game winning charge on Stokes. Morgan has to have a repeat performance if he wants to take his Wolverines to Dallas. Guard Nik Stauskas will score his usual 18 to 20 points, but I think the x-factor of the game for the Wolverines is guard Caris LeVert. LeVert can be the best player on the floor but also Caris and be Careless as shown in their last game when he stepped out of bounds, which gave the Volunteers a chance to win the game. Fortunately Tennessee didn’t take advantage of their opportunity. LeVert has to have a big game if Michigan wants to make their second straight Final Four.

Kentucky’s Keys:

The Kentucky Wildcats are trying to be the second ever team with all freshmen in their images copystarting five to make the Final Four since ironically Michigan did it with the Fab Five. The x-factor for the Wildcats is guard James Young. Young is their best shooter from the perimeter and he has to make some big shots to keep the defense honest so they don’t just focus on Randle in the paint. Throughout the regular season the Wildcats played like a group of inexperienced freshmen but now they are all playing like a group of five year seniors. Kentucky is playing at a championship level and they will give the Wolverines a run for their money.

Prediction:images

I believe that the youth of the Wildcats will finally come to bite them and Michigan’s senior Jordan Morgan is going to save the day once again for the Wolverines. At the end of the day I believe Michigan will be Marching on to Dallas to take on conference rivals Wisconsin in the Final Four. Michigan 79 Kentucky 77

Other Prediction: UConn 72 Michigan State 68