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Kentucky has the pressure, but will it make a difference? Plus, predictions for the NCAA championship game

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Jesse Newell: Welcome back to the GameDay Cram Session, as Kansas is taking on Kentucky on Monday night in the national championship game at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Matt, KU comes into this game as a clear underdog. How do you think the Jayhawks dealt with that label during their time with reporters Sunday?

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, second from left, smiles as he and teammates Travis Releford, left, Tyshawn Taylor and Jeff Withey respond to questions during a press conference on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Superdome.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, second from left, smiles as he and teammates Travis Releford, left, Tyshawn Taylor and Jeff Withey respond to questions during a press conference on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Superdome. by Nick Krug

Matt Tait: In a word? Perfectly. I think they had the perfect blend of respect and confidence and they made it very clear that they believe they can play with Kentucky. That goes for everyone from head coach Bill Self, who flashed that "aw shucks" shrug when saying "I like our guys," right after telling everyone how incredible Kentucky is. Tyshawn Taylor followed, Thomas Robinson did, too. These guys are ready for this showdown and, to quote Tyshawn, "We have to defend, we have to be tough, rebound the ball, and we have to get good shots. I think if we do that, take care of the ball, limit their transition, I think we're right in the ballgame."

JN: Yeah, it is a thin line to walk. You have to give your opponent credit, but at the same time, show enough confidence so that you don't sound like you're scared.

I thought KU pulled it off pretty well. And it was a rare role for the Jayhawks, who were almost trying to throw all the pressure onto the Wildcats.

Tyshawn Taylor said UK probably had the best seven-man rotation in the nation. KU coach Bill Self said Kentucky should be favored in the game if you look at talent alone.

Kansas head coach Bill Self takes questions during a press conference on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Superdome.

Kansas head coach Bill Self takes questions during a press conference on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Superdome. by Nick Krug

The weight of expectations is on the Wildcats. And the heat, whether he'll admit it or not, is on Kentucky coach John Calipari, who has yet to win a title and also is haunted by Self and the free-throw ghost of 2008.

As Self would say, KU is the hunter and not the hunted in this game. We should see if that makes any difference in the first four minutes.

Matt, what's something interesting you learned about Kentucky from being in their locker room Sunday?

MT: Despite the fact that the Wildcats start three freshmen and two sophomores, they don't believe that they are a young team.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari responds to a question about his thougts on meeting Bill Self and the Jayhawks again in the national title game during a press conference on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Superdome.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari responds to a question about his thougts on meeting Bill Self and the Jayhawks again in the national title game during a press conference on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Superdome. by Nick Krug

For one, their lineup is full of supremely talented players who, though young by NCAA standards, have played plenty of big-time basketball in their lives, be it AAU ball or during their short time at Kentucky. Calipari made sure to emphasize that point whenever possible and also reminded people that there are a few players on his team that played in the Final Four last season.

One other thing that I found interesting Sunday was just how impressive both coaches were. That's probably no surprise and it certainly shouldn't be, but still, on the biggest stage possible, on the eve of one of the biggest games of their lives, both Bill Self and John Calipari were incredibly relaxed and owned the room while talking on the podium. That's just one of the reasons they're two of the best in the business, but it's a big one.

JN: From Kansas' interviews, I thought what guard Elijah Johnson had to say was interesting.

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson smiles as the team and head coach Bill Self sit during a press conference on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Superdome.

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson smiles as the team and head coach Bill Self sit during a press conference on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Superdome. by Nick Krug

First, he talked at length about the first KU-UK game — a 75-65 Wildcats victory on Nov. 15 — saying he couldn't believe the speed in that game. He also mentioned how KU played like a rec-ball team on that day, and said that Tyshawn Taylor needed to take most of the shots because he was the only one that had been in that kind of big-time environment. At that point, Johnson said, KU wasn't a team yet.

The junior also said something that stood out about KU's offense, commenting that the Jayhawks were at their best when they turned down two good shots on a possession to get a great one.

That strategy would definitely make sense against Kentucky. The Wildcats hardly force any turnovers (297th nationally in turnover percentage), and they also thrive in transition off opponents' quick shots.

Patience offensively could be a big key for KU, which had just nine assists in its first game against UK.

OK, Matt, what's your prediction for this game?

MT: Call me crazy — I know many people will — but I'm taking Kansas.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson hangs on the rim after a dunk over Kentucky forward Anthony Davis during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson hangs on the rim after a dunk over Kentucky forward Anthony Davis during the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York. by Nick Krug

I don't know if that's because I actually think the Jayhawks are going to win this game or because I just can't pick against them. This team just refuses to lose, and I think they can grind out one more win.

Even though the Wildcats tried to say otherwise Sunday, all the pressure in this one is on Kentucky and that should work to KU's favor. In addition, KU's comfortable playing from behind and due for that one special game. I think we see it Monday night, and I think it looks an awful lot like the Purdue and Ohio State victories.

Kansas 73, Kentucky 69.

JN: Let me start with this: I think the line is too high. Kentucky and Kansas are closer than 6.5 points in my mind, and I'll be surprised if that line doesn't drop at least a point before tipoff.

Having said that, I'm picking Kentucky.

Kentucky guard Marquis Teague celebrates a dunk in front of Kansas players Tyshawn Taylor (10) Conner Teahan (2) and teammate Terrence Jones during the second half on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Kentucky guard Marquis Teague celebrates a dunk in front of Kansas players Tyshawn Taylor (10) Conner Teahan (2) and teammate Terrence Jones during the second half on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York. by Nick Krug

The Wildcats are the toughest team in the nation to shoot against, and the Jayhawks haven't exactly been lighting up the nets to begin with.

I think KU will win the desire categories, like offensive rebounding. I think KU will win the turnover battle and should be pretty close to matching the UK's free throw numbers.

But I just don't see the Jayhawks outshooting the Wildcats, especially with as tough as Kentucky makes it on opposing teams inside.

Kentucky 68, Kansas 66.

All right, Matt, who's your Hawk to Rock?

MT: He's a senior and it's my last shot to pick him ... I gotta take it. I'm going with Tyshawn Taylor.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor leads the Jayhawks to the court prior to tipoff against Ohio State at the Superdome on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor leads the Jayhawks to the court prior to tipoff against Ohio State at the Superdome on Saturday, March 31, 2012. by Nick Krug

The shooting slump ends, as Taylor knocks down a couple of outside shots and opens up more room for him to attack the rim to set up Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey inside. On the biggest stage of his life, in his last game as a Jayhawk, Taylor cements his legacy as one of KU's all-time greats by leading the Jayhawks to an upset of Kentucky.

JN: I'm taking Jeff Withey, who once again has a matchup that should allow him to rack up blocks.

Kansas center Jeff Withey blocks a shot by Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger during the second half on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Superdome.

Kansas center Jeff Withey blocks a shot by Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger during the second half on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Superdome. by Nick Krug

Kentucky gets 56 percent of its scoring from two-point range, meaning if Withey stays out of foul trouble, there's a great chance he gets at least five swats Monday.

The 7-foot junior, who has 27 blocks in his last five games, is just two blocks away from tying an NCAA Tournament record.

He also broke the Big 12 record for blocks in a season last game, as his 136 blocks topped Baylor's Ekpe Udoh's previous record of 133.

Almost no one would have predicted that for Withey before the season began. 

Predictions tally (through 38 games)
Tom/Matt: 31-7 record, 333 points off (8.8 points off/game)
Jesse: 33-5 record, 290 points off (7.6 points off/game)

Hawk to Rock

Tom Keegan/Matt Tait
Towson: Tyshawn Taylor (4th in Keegan ratings)
Kentucky: Tyshawn Taylor (1st in Keegan ratings)
Georgetown: Elijah Johnson (4th in Keegan ratings)
UCLA: Tyshawn Taylor (2nd in Keegan ratings)
Duke: Elijah Johnson (4th in Keegan ratings)
FAU: Jeff Withey (4th in Keegan ratings)
South Florida: Tyshawn Taylor (1st in Keegan ratings)
Long Beach State: Elijah Johnson (7th in Keegan ratings)
Ohio State: Thomas Robinson (2nd in Keegan ratings)
Davidson: Thomas Robinson (1st in Keegan ratings)
USC: Jeff Withey (4th in Keegan ratings)
Howard: Kevin Young (4th in Keegan ratings)
North Dakota: Elijah Johnson (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Kansas State: Tyshawn Taylor (5th in Keegan ratings)
Oklahoma: Tyshawn Taylor (4th in Keegan ratings)
Texas Tech: Thomas Robinson (1st in Keegan ratings)
Iowa State: Elijah Johnson (4th in Keegan ratings)
Baylor: Thomas Robinson (1st in Keegan ratings)
Texas: Thomas Robinson (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Texas A&M: Thomas Robinson (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Iowa State: Tyshawn Taylor (1st in Keegan ratings)
Oklahoma: Thomas Robinson (1st in Keegan ratings)
Missouri: Thomas Robinson (1st in Keegan ratings)
Baylor: Thomas Robinson (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Oklahoma State: Thomas Robinson (2nd in Keegan ratings)
Kansas State: Tyshawn Taylor (2nd in Keegan ratings)
Texas Tech: Thomas Robinson (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Texas A&M: Tyshawn Taylor (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Missouri: Thomas Robinson (2nd in Keegan ratings)
Oklahoma State: Travis Releford (7th in Keegan ratings)
Texas: Tyshawn Taylor (2nd in Keegan ratings)
Texas A&M: Tyshawn Taylor (4th in Keegan ratings)
Baylor: Jeff Withey (2nd in Keegan ratings)
Detroit: Tyshawn Taylor (4th in Keegan ratings)
Purdue: Thomas Robinson (4th in Keegan ratings)
N.C. State: Tyshawn Taylor (7th in Keegan ratings)
North Carolina: Tyshawn Taylor (2nd in Keegan ratings)
Ohio State: Jeff Withey (4th in Keegan ratings)
Average: 3.1st in Keegan ratings

Jesse Newell
Towson: Conner Teahan (6th in Keegan ratings)
Kentucky: Elijah Johnson (4th in Keegan ratings)
Georgetown: Kevin Young (9th in Keegan ratings)
UCLA: Elijah Johnson (1st in Keegan ratings)
Duke: Thomas Robinson (1st in Keegan ratings)
FAU: Tyshawn Taylor (7th in Keegan ratings)
South Florida: Elijah Johnson (6th in Keegan ratings)
Long Beach State: Thomas Robinson (1st in Keegan ratings)
Ohio State: Travis Releford (5th in Keegan ratings)
Davidson: Jeff Withey (5th in Keegan ratings)
USC: Elijah Johnson (1st in Keegan ratings)
Howard: Tyshawn Taylor (1st in Keegan ratings)
North Dakota: Conner Teahan (5th in Keegan ratings)
Kansas State: Travis Releford (1st in Keegan ratings)
Oklahoma: Elijah Johnson (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Texas Tech: Travis Releford (2nd in Keegan ratings
Iowa State: Thomas Robinson (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Baylor: Kevin Young (9th in Keegan ratings)
Texas: Travis Releford (5th in Keegan ratings)
Texas A&M: Tyshawn Taylor (1st in Keegan ratings)
Iowa State: Jeff Withey (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Oklahoma: Conner Teahan (6th in Keegan ratings)
Missouri: Kevin Young (8th in Keegan ratings)
Baylor: Jeff Withey (1st in Keegan ratings)
Oklahoma State: Tyshawn Taylor (4th in Keegan ratings)
Kansas State: Travis Releford (4th in Keegan ratings)
Texas Tech: Kevin Young (4th in Keegan ratings)
Texas A&M: Jeff Withey (2nd in Keegan ratings)
Missouri: Travis Releford (6th in Keegan ratings)
Oklahoma State: Jeff Withey (6th in Keegan ratings)
Texas: Thomas Robinson (1st in Keegan ratings)
Texas A&M: Jeff Withey (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Baylor: Kevin Young (5th in Keegan ratings)
Detroit: Jeff Withey (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Purdue: Tyshawn Taylor (3rd in Keegan ratings)
N.C. State: Jeff Withey (1st in Keegan ratings)
North Carolina: Thomas Robinson (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Ohio State: Elijah Johnson (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Average: 3.7th in Keegan ratings

Comments

Bob Forer 5 years, 8 months ago

Our last two National Championships have been characterized as miracles--first, Danny and the Miracles and then Mario's Miracle.

Not tonight. There is no "I" in team.

But there are five Ts:

TT TRob TRel ConnerT WithT

Who will be led by The Prophet Elijah to the Promised Land.

KU 66 UK 63

Kent Richardson 5 years, 8 months ago

Jesse we love ya but the Sycophant is talking about "The Prophet" and his song;

Elijah (shoot the rock) Shout Shout. Elijah (shoot the rock) Comin Up Big Time.

Calipari's a liar and a Conjur too. And if you don't find out he'll Conjur you.

If i could I surely would. Just stand up and rock chalk jayhawk cause Bill Self's good.

Apologies to Moses Hogan but with Elijah and Moses and Nimrod Withey on our side we will cross the river Mississippi to the Jaybate promised land and the Tysmanian Devil will be a hit and not a missathreebe.

Hallelijah.

No religious disrespect or poor spelling intended.

I will do a Kelis "I'm Bill Self" later.

melrank 5 years, 8 months ago

Jesse - I remember your prediction quite well and it gave me a laugh at the time as I just did not have faith Withey had improved that much. Alas, you were correct. Funny way to remind everyone - HA.

ROCK CHALK

Andy Tweedy 5 years, 8 months ago

It's tough to pick against Kentucky in this game, but I'll take our starting 5 against any starting 5 in the nation. And if we don't get into foul trouble, maybe that's all we'll need. I've been pretty calm during this tournament, because this team has so overacheived, at least against my expectations. But I'm pretty sure tonight I'll be wound pretty tight! Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU!!!

AsadZ 5 years, 8 months ago

Jesse, I remember your prediction on Withey breaking Udo's record. At that time I laughed it off and said to myself that I would like to drink what Jesse is drinking.

It was such a fun ride to see Mr W's game develop this year and I am already excited on his play for next year.

Rock Chalk Big Fella

Ron Franklin 5 years, 8 months ago

This is a completely different team now.

Naadir & Justin Wesley combined for thirty minutes against UK the first time.

KYoung played two minutes.

The Hawks did not have any offensive cohesion at that time, and their defense has improved substantially. Poor ball movement and bad passes doomed them November 15. That was back before they trusted each other.

Thomas doesn't need to prove to anybody how good he is, or that he thinks he should have gotten POY. He just needs to do his small part

If Thomas doesn't get caught up in the moment, and plays a good team game, the hawks will win this game by a few baskets.

Coach Self will outcoach Cal.

The rest is up to execution.

KGphoto 5 years, 8 months ago

The Wesley, Tharpe and Young research is eye opening.

I remember going into the game hoping it would be Naadir's coming out party on national TV. I remember I wasn't totally alone either.

After the game I remember being really proud of Wesley and thinking he would be a key element if we were going to have any success the rest of the way, because we needed depth in the paint.

Now look at us. My god, it feels like it's been years since then. We are so, so different.

gchawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Jayhawks, it's your time to shine tonight, take it to the Wildcats. Withey, go out and annihilate the tournament shot block record. Rock Chalk!

JayhawkBlvd 5 years, 8 months ago

If Jesse's picks were reliable Kentucky would be playing Ohio State tonight! Jayhawk fans want great analysis right up until you pick the winner. Just go with the home team!

Marcia Parsons 5 years, 8 months ago

Even though they don't play like it, I keep telling myself these guys are freshmen. They have had all easy games up to now (remember Memphis beating everyone by 20 points?), and no one has seen how they face up to the pressure of a close game. In earlier games if they get behind or the other team gets too close, they just seemed to turn it on and go on a scoring run. What if our defense prevents that? I still think the pressure may get to them and the panic will set in. Sure want to think that anyway.

stinkybulldog 5 years, 8 months ago

If this game comes down to the wire, I think KU will win. We have all tournament. KU has to get out to a good start and limit turnovers. BEAK EM' HAWKS!!!

And no, I'm not going to bow to the brow!

Ron Prichard 5 years, 8 months ago

I want to post something intelligent here, but I'm so worked up right now I can't even think straight! I don't want to make a prediction for fear of jinxing us. I don't want to remain silent, because it's all I can think about. I'm screwed!! I watched about 8 hours of hype on ESPN and MetroSports yesterday and I'm just ready for the game to get here already!!

One more game. One more chance at greatness. One more chance to cheer on our team this year. One shining moment.

Rock Chalk and let's get it on Jayhawks!!

RD2FNL4 5 years, 8 months ago

I will be watching the game from the ER so hope they have a tv in my room!!! I've already had 12 heart attacks during the tourney so far. The jawks 'shock' me back to existence at the end of every game. Hope tonight brings the same!!

KGphoto 5 years, 8 months ago

ESPNU is playing the first game right now as part of it's all-day tournament coverage.

Time to do a little scouting.

KGphoto 5 years, 8 months ago

Okay, first report from the game. KU is simply tougher. Physically tougher than UK. I had forgotten that. Forget about the mental toughness for now. KU is beating up on UK like big brother and are up 21-14 with 7:40 to go in the first. The only real physical guy for UK is Jones and Withey is tougher than him right now.

Note: Go into the game with confidence that, while they may be talented, you can physically pound them.

Sam Brockert 5 years, 8 months ago

Listen, I would only relax if KU was up 71-64 with a minute left...THEN I might relax... Is it bad I just want the game to be over already? So I know whether to cheer or not...

Alohahawk 5 years, 8 months ago

When was it, two years ago, when Cole Aldrich predicted Jeff Withey was going to surprise a lot of people because he was a better blocker than he (Cole) was? Since his breakout game against Baylor, Jeff has been one of the many pleasant surprises this season. I'd like nothing better than for him to get 10+ blocks against Kenstinky. A triple double, that would be even better. Only problem with that? Those money hungry agents would do everything possible to get JW to jump early to the NBA. Despite his improvement this year, Jeff needs his senior year to hone his offense and bulk up.

Difference between Davis and Jeff blocking shots: Davis needs to time his leap, which means he could be prone to fouls if the shooter jumps into him, or fakes then shoots.(In the Indiana loss, Davis was out due to foul trouble). While Jeff has the height above the opponent, which gives him a slight edge. Plus, Davis blocks the ball out of bounds, while Jeff keeps it in play for his teammates.

KU by 2 points, in a 5 point comeback in the final minute - 57 to 59. TT hits one 3 pointer, but only makes 2 attempts. Instead, he forces Kenstinky back on its heels on defense by driving the lane, like he did in the first game. Key for both sides will be fouls. Jeff and TRob need to stay in the game. And freethrows, freethrows, freethrows!!! Got to make your freethrows, Hawks!!!!!!

DRsmith 5 years, 8 months ago

Clearly you haven't watched any games. AD has been in foul trouble about 2-3 games this entire year. Not bad for a freshman blocking phenom. Davis >>>> Withey when it comes to every aspect of the game. Probably why he was consensus NPOY. The only guy for KU that might get some PT is TROBle and then he would have to split minutes. KU might win, they have overachieved to this point but I wouldn't go putting money on it.

Brak 5 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for the laughs doc, especially coming from someone who said earlier in the season that HCBS can't recruit and KU would have a down year. Maybe you didn' t read Aloha's post but he was mainly speaking to the game against IU where Unibrow was in foul trouble and they lost and I missed the part where anybody said Whithey was a better player than Unibrow eventhough he does have more blocks than him in the tourney. I don't get it because you claim to be a KU fan yet I haven't seen you post one postive comment about this team and backhanded compliments don't count.

DRsmith 5 years, 8 months ago

What part of this "which means he could be prone to fouls if the shooter jumps into him, or fakes then shoots" did you not understand in AlohaHawk's post? That was the direct comment followed by the Indy remark. He was in foul trouble a couple of games so I wouldn't exactly count on it. Withey is a decent player, that is it. Yes, I am on record saying Self sucks as a recruiter. I am also on record as saying he is a damn good coach. I am a KU fan but they aren't my top school. I am just trying to bring some of the delusional fan base back down to earth a bit. Some of the analysis posted in these threads are down right comedic.

Alohahawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Normally, I ignore trolls because they don't deserve the time of day. However, I do want to clarify a couple of things. I watch a ton of basketball games. And when an uneducated, so-called doctor (?), who doesn't know me, falsely accuses me of something, I feel I have to make a stand.

Clearly, 'you' don't understand how to read or understand what people say. Where did I say Davis fouled out a lot? I said he 'could' be prone to foul trouble. And I mentioned one game - Indiana. That's the only one I mentioned. (Maybe he was in foul trouble in others. I don't know.) Should I repeat that. One game. Against Indiana, Davis had foul problems and didn't play his normal minutes. And Yuke U. lost. Isn't that what I said, or can't you read?

If (big if, since you obviously have problems understanding what people say.) you're a doctor, you must have received your degree from some podunk, backwoods moonshiner. Have to wonder how anyone would trust you if they are sick.

As for watching games, I watched Yuke U. play two full games this year. But I watched numerous other teams play numerous times. And I didn't miss a single KU game. I watched the KU vs Yuke U. game in November, and the most recent Yuke U. vs Louisville game. But I don't 'waste' much of my time watching a team coached by Cal Lie Pari, who is one of the biggest pieces of dodo on this planet. (And if you don't know what dodo is, it's what we politely call s*** in Hawaii.)

Now go back and rub elbows with your fellow trolls, and keep to your own Yuke U. message boards (if they haven't kicked you off their's as well.) You're smelling up ours with all the dodo fermenting in your mouth.

RockCaCO3 5 years, 8 months ago

Since Jesse picked Kentucky - KU National Champs!

Rock Chalk dammit!

JayHawkFanToo 5 years, 8 months ago

Jesse,

Whitey is 2 blocks away from tying the current record, 3 away from a new one.

Jeff Coffman 5 years, 8 months ago

Who is Whitey? And what record is he about to break?

JayHawkFanToo 5 years, 8 months ago

Sorry...it should be Withey...dang not so "smart" phone auto spell checkers..

Ron Prichard 5 years, 8 months ago

Just read USA Today (a.k.a., Kentucky Today). I was interested because someone said their coverage was biased, and I figured they were just being over sensitive. After reading it, I have to agree. This should tell you all you need to know. I deleted the content after the names, but when analyzing the head to head matchups, here is the coaching analysis:

Coach:

Kentucky: John Calipari, 53, Kansas: In his second Final Four, Bill Self, 49,

Edge: Kentucky

What little credibility USA/Kentucky Today had is now lost. I understand giving the big man matchup edge to Kentucky, the bench matchup to Kentucky, and even the guard matchup to Kentucky (although I would personally disagree), but there is no way on this earth you can argue they have the edge in the coaching matchup and retain even a shred of credibility.

All these sycophants drooling over Kentucky are starting to piss me off. Kick their @ss tonight, Hawks!!

pizzashuttle 5 years, 8 months ago

JNewell, you're not leaving us hanging without a Ken Pomeroy analysis for the final game are you? BTW, thanks for the great articles this season!

Tony Bandle 5 years, 8 months ago

Sometimes the basketball gods laugh at humankind and their inflated sense of self worth. Almost everybody is predicting Kentucky and pretty much everyone is predicting a nail-biting classic.

Some one has to say it so I'll go out on a limb, listen to the gods laughing and pick Kansas 72 -60!!! Like the weather, nothing has been normal this year...and I think Kansas is in this game for a reason beyond logic!!!!

Andrew Bary 5 years, 8 months ago

"almost no one" lol love it. Rock Chalk guys let's get it tonight!

actorman 5 years, 8 months ago

Is it game time yet? Man, this waiting is brutal!!!

There are a number of reasons that no team ranked number one has won the tournament since 2001, and I think one of the biggest reasons is the pressure that the top team feels when it gets in a close game at the end. I think that pressure is magnified when you have a young team and a coach who will be under even more pressure than the players. If KU plays its best game of the tournament (which is a reasonable expectation since KU has only played well in one game so far, the UNC game), there's no reason to believe we shouldn't be celebrating NCAA title #4 tonight.

RCJHKU!!!

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