Posted on: March 6, 2010 6:18 pm
This April, the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. We, the college basketball fans of the world, can only hope and pray that the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats make it to that esteemed game. Because if they don't, fans of the game will always wonder what would happen if these two powerhouses clashed...
Many things contribute to a Kansas-Kentucky championship game potentially being the best ever. It's a bold statement, but I truly think a game between these two would be, simply put, sick basketball. One of those factors is the fact that, no matter their rankings/seeds, in my opinion the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats are, by far, the two best teams in the country. They are the only first-tier teams, and there is a significant drop-off before you get to the second-tier teams of Duke, Syracuse, etc.
Another thing is their respective legacies. Kentucky and Kansas are always expected to do big things come March, and fulfilling those expectations would definitely be satisfactory for their die-hard fans.
Two of the best coaches in the nation would also clash. I honestly believe Bill Self can work with any group of guys and make them as great as they have the potential to be. A true basketball mastermind. John Calipari singlehandedly turned Kentucky from an average squad last year to a championship-caliber team this season. For that, Calipari deserves as much respect as any of the star players of the Wildcats.
Talking about players, a Kansas-Kentucky matchup would showcase two amazing head to head battles. For starters, there is the big man matchup. While Marcus Morris has become a rock for the Jayhawks this season, especially in conference play, Cole Aldrich is the overall better big who would square off vs. DeMarcus Cousins of Kentucky. Aldrich and Cousins are both, arguably, 1st Team All-Americans. Defensively, Aldrich is a true shot-altering artist. He will bang with any big down low. Cousins is a scoring threat around the rim. He would push Aldrich to his limits, while keeping him contested on the other end. It would, for sure, be a great big man matchup.
The other star matchup would be, again, a matchup of arguably two more 1st Team All-Americans. Senior Kansas guard Sherron Collins has cemented his legacy already for the Jayhawks, and will go down as one of the best players to ever don the Kansas jersey. However, as the leader of the team, he knows that their job is far from over. From his in-your-face, aggressive style of defense, to his ability to penetrate by his defender and attack the basket, to his undeniable urge to put the team on his shoulders and take responsibility for any loss, Collins is a true player of heart who will do whatever it takes to win. On the other end, for Kentucky, in one season John Wall has made a name for himself as possibly the best player in the nation. A true floor general who can drop points and rack up dimes, Wall has an array of skills that have people so convinced that many have him penciled in for next year's #1 draft pick. The solid senior guard vs. the fantastic freshman, two of the best players in the country, would be quite epic.
Honestly, a Kansas-Kentucky matchup would be beautifully amazing. Two #1 seeded teams with a total of four guys who should end up as All-Americans, two of the most qualified coaches in the nation, two basketball programs who want a championship badly. Two of the best guards in the nation going head to head, two of the best big men in the nation going head to head. The two best teams in the coutnry, top to bottom, going head to head...
Cross your fingers.
Posted on: March 16, 2009 2:23 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2009 3:17 pm
The Kansas Jayhawks will face the North Dakota State Bison this Friday, March 20th. On the line is a trip to the round of the 32 in the men's NCAA tournament.
The Jayhawks are a number three seed, making the Bison the number fourteen seed. The Jayhawks finished with an overall record of 25-7, with a 14-2 record in the Big 12. Meanwhile, the Bison finished with an overall record of 26-6, with a 16-2 record in the Summit League.
The Bison are led by guard Ben Woodside, who is averaging over 22 points and 6 assists per game. Truly amazing numbers. KU must keep an eye out for Woodside on Friday, who can light it up at any time. Also, forward Brett Winkelman is averaging over 18 points and 7 boards per game. Paired with Woodside, they are a dynamic scoring duo.
The Jayhawks are led by guard Sherron Collins and big man Cole Aldrich, who is averaging a double-double this season. Head coach Bill Self has done a great job in mentoring younger players on the team. Marcus Morris is thriving as a role player for KU, while Brady Morningstar has developed a great outside shooting game. Combining these role players with the seasoned "vets" in Collins and Aldrich gives you a pretty nice team.
For the Jayhawks to win, Collins and Aldrich have to dictate games the way they have done all season. Also, they must shut down the tandem of Woodside and Winkelman. Morris and Morningstar must help control the tempo and feel of the game.
I think North Dakota State will start the game off strong, but slowly start to fall behind. Kansas has a bit more depth, talent, and experience, and that will lead the Jayhawks to the win.
Prediction: Kanas 79, North Dakota State 68
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Posted on: March 4, 2008 7:37 pm
Pitiful performance by the Red Raiders. Coming off a big win against Texas, I expected to see the Red Raiders give us a big challenge and possibly upset us like the last meeting between us. Instead, I saw a terrible performance from the Red Raiders, and a blowout performance by Kansas that I wouldn't have finished watching if it wasn't Senior Night. They didn't even put up an effort, which was the worst part... At least Pat Knight was classy afterwards. Congrats to Bill Self and the Jayhawks. I still believe if we can get over our inconsistancy, we could get to the Final Four easily.