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Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

Posted on: March 6, 2010 6:18 pm
 
This April, the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. We, the college basketball fans of the world, can only hope and pray that the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats make it to that esteemed game. Because if they don't, fans of the game will always wonder what would happen if these two powerhouses clashed...

Many things contribute to a Kansas-Kentucky championship game potentially being the best ever. It's a bold statement, but I truly think a game between these two would be, simply put, sick basketball. One of those factors is the fact that, no matter their rankings/seeds, in my opinion the Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats are, by far, the two best teams in the country. They are the only first-tier teams, and there is a significant drop-off before you get to the second-tier teams of Duke, Syracuse, etc.

Another thing is their respective legacies. Kentucky and Kansas are always expected to do big things come March, and fulfilling those expectations would definitely be satisfactory for their die-hard fans.

Two of the best coaches in the nation would also clash. I honestly believe Bill Self can work with any group of guys and make them as great as they have the potential to be. A true basketball mastermind. John Calipari singlehandedly turned Kentucky from an average squad last year to a championship-caliber team this season. For that, Calipari deserves as much respect as any of the star players of the Wildcats.

Talking about players, a Kansas-Kentucky matchup would showcase two amazing head to head battles. For starters, there is the big man matchup. While Marcus Morris has become a rock for the Jayhawks this season, especially in conference play, Cole Aldrich is the overall better big who would square off vs. DeMarcus Cousins of Kentucky. Aldrich and Cousins are both, arguably, 1st Team All-Americans. Defensively, Aldrich is a true shot-altering artist. He will bang with any big down low. Cousins is a scoring threat around the rim. He would push Aldrich to his limits, while keeping him contested on the other end. It would, for sure, be a great big man matchup.

The other star matchup would be, again, a matchup of arguably two more 1st Team All-Americans. Senior Kansas guard Sherron Collins has cemented his legacy already for the Jayhawks, and will go down as one of the best players to ever don the Kansas jersey. However, as the leader of the team, he knows that their job is far from over. From his in-your-face, aggressive style of defense, to his ability to penetrate by his defender and attack the basket, to his undeniable urge to put the team on his shoulders and take responsibility for any loss, Collins is a true player of heart who will do whatever it takes to win. On the other end, for Kentucky, in one season John Wall has made a name for himself as possibly the best player in the nation. A true floor general who can drop points and rack up dimes, Wall has an array of skills that have people so convinced that many have him penciled in for next year's #1 draft pick. The solid senior guard vs. the fantastic freshman, two of the best players in the country, would be quite epic.

Honestly, a Kansas-Kentucky matchup would be beautifully amazing. Two #1 seeded teams with a total of four guys who should end up as All-Americans, two of the most qualified coaches in the nation, two basketball programs who want a championship badly. Two of the best guards in the nation going head to head, two of the best big men in the nation going head to head. The two best teams in the coutnry, top to bottom, going head to head...

Cross your fingers.

Comments

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2010 8:48 pm
 

Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

Spot on!



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2010 6:07 pm
 

Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

I think a Pitt versus Michigan State would be a great final for several reasons.
Not many viewers (minus Spartans' fans) want to see Michigan State in the championship game again this year, especially after getting knocked around the way UNC did to them... Pitt may not have enough star power to generate interest, as well.

Now last year, a Pitt-Mich State final would be great. That's Pitt with Blair and Sam Young. This year, not so much...



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2010 6:05 pm
 

Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

LETS SEE HOW HE DOES NEXT YEAR WHEN ALL HIS STUD PLAYERS LEAVE FOR THE NBA.
I expect him to recruit another solid group of guys. No way they can be as talented as Wall and Co., but still solid nonetheless. That's what Calipari does that makes him a great coach, he knows how to recruit...



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2010 6:03 pm
 

Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

Gimme Butler-N Iowa title or better yet Murray St - Coastal Carolina  !!!
Those ratings would be so ridiculously low that it wouldn't even be funny.




Since: Mar 3, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

I am sorry but I disagree. I think that it would be a close game but they are not top caliber teams. Yes both teams are great but I don't think that I would enjoy this game very much. I would much rather watch a Kansas vs. Kentucky game because of their work ethic and because of how close they have all been this whole year in the rankings.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2010 3:54 pm
 

Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

I think a Pitt versus Michigan State would be a great final for several reasons. They both are well coached, tournament experienced, blue collar teams, but, most of all, it would be a precursor of what could turn into a great rivalry in coming years...when MSU, PSU, OSU, and Michigan join the New Big East Conference.



Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2010 2:57 am
 

Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

I THINK IT WOULD BE A GREAT GAME BUT I THINK KENTUCKY IS GOING TO STUMBLE SOME WHERE DOWN THE LINE!! I THINK THERE YOUTH AND INEXPERIENCE WILL EVENTUALLY GET THE BEST OF THEM. KANSAS IS VERY GOOD AND THEY WILL PROBABLY MAKE IT TO THE FINAL FOUR. I HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH YOU ON ONE ASPECT OF YOUR BLOG. CALLIPARIE STEPPED INTO AN AWFUL GREAT SITUATION IN KENTUCKY AND A GREAT FRESHMAN CLASS. ALL THOSE KIDS ARE STUDS AND BARRING INJURY WILL BE IMPACT PLAYERS AT THE NEXT LEVEL!! THEY ARE VERY GOOD, BUT YOUNG!! MY POINT IS ANY DECENT BASKETBALL COACH COULD HAVE STEPPED IN THERE AND DONE A FORMIDABLE JOB. NOT SAYING CALLAPARIE IS A BAD COACH OR ANYTHING BUT I THINK I'M STATING THE OBVIOUS WHEN I SAY HE WALKED INTO A COACHES DREAM JOB, FOR ONE YEAR ANYWAY!! LETS SEE HOW HE DOES NEXT YEAR WHEN ALL HIS STUD PLAYERS LEAVE FOR THE NBA.



Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2010 11:28 pm
 

Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

Yawn !!!  No thank you!!.

I get enough of this dynasty vs dynasty in college football. (Didn't even watch Ala-Tex or either Fla-Ohio St games)

Gimme Butler-N Iowa title or better yet Murray St - Coastal Carolina  !!!

Go Prarie View !

Ted/Ed



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 9:55 pm
 

Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

Kentucky Pride...hummm...you would have to be from Kentucky to understand that. The game seems destined to happen.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 2:25 pm
 

Why a Kansas-Kentucky clash would be legendary...

Kansas vs Syracuse would be better IMO.
Don't think I could handle another Kansas title game heartbreaking loss to Cuse, thank you very much...



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