On a scale of 1 to 10, where does your knowledge sit on the subject of college basketball?
Growing up in Missouri, between these two illustrious, elite basketball states, there were a few of us who pledged allegiance to UK, while the majority opted for the Jayhawks of KU. Mizzou, you ask? Mizzwho? Case in point–this year’s tournament. I cheer for Missouri, sure, but they’re heart breakers. Heart breakers. And I really can’t stand that Mizzourah cheer. It’s Missour-E, thank you very much. Digressing.
UK and KU. KU and UK.
The two winningest programs in college basketball history.
Were you aware of that? Yep. Kentucky. Kansas. North Carolina. Top 3. In that order. KU’s victory over North Carolina in the Elite 8 ensured that Kentucky possessed the most wins in NCAA tournament history…for the time being.
So. The two teams boasting the most victories in college basketball: How many times would you guess they’ve met in the championship? You’re exactly right. Never. Not once. In fact, they’ve only met twice in the tournament, splitting the results.
That brings us to this evening’s historic battle. Will it be an epic battle?
Similar to the last time these two coaches met, UK Coach John Calipari has the more athletic team, but Bill Self is putting a “will-to-win” squad on the floor in opposition. The early line was Kentucky at -6.5, and presuming that everyone remains healthy for the match up, UK will remain the 6 and change favorite over KU.
The two teams met in November of 2011, and UK won by 10. That served as the second game of the season for both teams. Both have improved, and both are championship caliber. If both teams play their best, it’s Kentucky by 10-plus. But how many teams actually play their best on such a stage? Should be a dandy.
I like Kentucky by 10. I think it’ll be all about Terrence Jones defending Thomas Robinson. If he keeps T. Rob out of double-double land, Cats win walking away…if they can hit their free throws.