Saturday was one of the most anticipated Final Four Saturdays in the history of College Basketball, with four blue blood programs going to war to decide the final two teams that would play for a National Championship on Monday night.
In the first game of the Final Four, you had Kansas utterly destroy Villanova. From the opening tip to the final buzzer, it was all Kansas. Kansas controlled the tempo, and Villanova didn’t have an answer. Villanova would try to cut down the Jayhawks’ lead, and Kansas would stop the bleeding with an iron fist.
The rest is history; Jay Wright and his Villanova Wildcats were heading home without another Championship. Head Coach Bill Self and his Kansas Jayhawks were National Championship bound, awaiting the winner of Duke and North Carolina.
Speaking of Duke and North Carolina, the third matchup of the season between the two delivered College Basketball fans with one of the greatest Final Four games of all time.
In the matchup between North Carolina and Duke, College Basketball fans were treated to a treat. Both the Blue Devils and Tar Heels went toe for toe until Caleb Love of North Carolina hit a dagger from behind the arc to send Coach K into retirement without the storybook ending that many had prayed for since the start of the season.
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Now that we’re down to the Kansas Jayhawks and the North Carolina Tar Heels, on paper, who wins the National Championship on Monday night?
On paper, Kansas has the advantage on Monday night and has rightfully earned the betting favorite to win the National Championship game against North Carolina.
However, Championships aren’t won on paper; Kansas faces a juggernaut in the North Carolina Tar Heels, who have taken on the appropriate role as the underappreciated Blue Blood program that got lost in the shuffle. When you watch North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament, you will see a team led by Caleb Love, Brady Manek, and Armando Bacot. When and if the magical threesome play like they did on Saturday night against Duke, then Head Coach Hubert Davis and his Tar Heels could very well be on their way home with another National Championship trophy.
Overall, Monday’s National Championship game has all the potential to be another legendary matchup between two of College Basketball’s legendary programs. College Basketball as a whole deserves the matchup we are all about to enjoy. There’s nothing in this sport better than having the Blue Bloods go to battle once more with a Championship on the line.