Kentucky over Duke
-The Laettner shot of 20 years ago is still fresh in the minds of Big Blue Nation. Too much Kentucky talent and too much Anthony Davis for the Blue Devils this time around though.
Michigan State over Marquette
-Marquette’s dynamic senior duo of Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder have been impressive all year. But Tom Izzo’s smarts and Draymond Green’s unwavering work ethic will prove too much in this one as the Spartans make their 7th Final Four appearance in 14 years.
Florida State over Syracuse
-The Big East regular season champs would have proven to be far too deep for a Florida State team that vastly exceeded expectations this year had Fab Melo been on the floor. No “Melo,” means no Final Four for a very good Syracuse team.
North Carolina over Kansas
Tyler Zeller and Thomas Robinson battling it out in the paint? It doesn’t get much better. North Carolina not only has the size to match up with Kansas, but they also have the depth. There will be no Rock Chalk Jayhawk on this day as Roy Williams breathes a sigh of relief.
Kentucky over Michigan State
-This has been the best coaching job of Tom Izzo’s career. Finally, the lack of talent in Spartyville will be put on full blast against the nation’s most talented group out of Lexington. The Spartans will have no answer for Anthony Davis, much like the rest of the nation.
North Carolina over Florida State
-So much for the ACC being down this year. Beating a team two times in the same year is one of the most difficult things to do in college basketball. Defeating a team three times is almost unheard of. Just ask a Kentucky team that was clearly better than SEC-foe Vanderbilt. UNC is the better all-around team. And it will show on this day as they avoid a clean sweep from Florida State.
North Carolina over Kentucky (73 to 72)
-As we learned in the BCS Championship Game this year, beating a great team two times in the same year can be very difficult. Not only did UK defeat the Tar Heels back on December 3rd, but they also beat North Carolina in last year’s Elite Eight. Young Kentucky learns the hard way on April 2nd against a surging Tar Heels team that can match their depth and athleticism. Let the Calipari questioning begin.
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