March Madness Championship Preview: Will UNC complete this historic run or is Kansas too strong?
The time has come, the National Championship, the dance is over and were down to two. North Carolina and Kansas, and 8 seed verse a one. Two blue bloods, but only one winner.
Kansas has shown why they deserve to be in this game. Ochai Agabi is one of the most talented players in this matchup, and he just had himself quite the game against Nova (21 points and six 3's). The Jayhawks are an excellent shooting team, but their defense and rebounding is remarkable. They also keep the ball well, compared to UNC. Kansas commits a giveaway on only 17.4 percent of possessions, and North Carolina is one of the worst teams in the country when it comes to creating turnovers.
I want to be on Kansas, I do, but that's why I am going with UNC. They will at least cover, because they are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games, but I am going for the full win. North Carolina is near the top of the country in offensive efficiency and points per game. Not to mention, they have the best double-double machine in Armando Bacot, who arguably is the tournaments MVP. Their story is too good now to fall short, I am all for the underdog story at this point. All-in-all, it's time for UNC to complete this dance in style.
I am glad Ed Cooley won Naismith Coach of the Year after covering the Friars, and Shaheen Holloway deserved the nod from out site after his run, but Hubert Davis is doing some incredible stuff during his first year.
North Carolina, unranked nationally, made the title game as the No. 8 seed from the East Region. Once they took down Marquette in the first round, I felt that UNC was under seeded, and they proved so in their path. They easily beat the reigning champion Baylor in the second round. They bounced UCLA with ease. They stopped Saint Peter's from dancing any further, and then they put Coach K into retirement. This seems to be a team of destiny and I think they'll close it up tonight.
UNC/Kansas Under 151.5
NCAA Tournament: 88-46