Tale of the Tape: NCAA Championship Men’s Edition


In the blue corner holding a record of 29 wins nine losses the #3 all-time winningest D-1 men’s basketball program. Tied for the highest seed to ever make the championship game the Tar Heels of North Carolina.

In the red corner holding a record of 33 wins six losses the #2 all-time winningest D-1 men’s basketball program. The #2 all-time D-1 tournament 1 seed holder the Jayhawks of Kanas University.

If someone told you in January that the championship game would be between North Carolina and Kansas you would have laughed.

During the season North Carolina was an up and down team. UNC would beat good teams then lose handily to teams beneath them.

Kansas had a typical Kansas season. Kansas won their conference which is an usual thing for them to do. The unusual thing for Kansas to do is make the NCAA championship game. The Jayhawks are in a championship game drought not making one since 2012, and not winning one since 2008.

Throughout the tournament the Jayhawks have showed dominance with an average winning margin of 16 points.

North Carolina had a tougher journey to the title game having to go through two high ranked seeds. UNC had to battle both defending champs Baylor and Rival Duke.

This championship game is between perennial powerhouses, you can not talk about the history of college basketball without these two programs. History means a lot to some but while the game is being played history means nothing.

The teams’ rosters have a lot in common so looking for an edge will ultimately come from the bench. Remy Martin needs this game to help his draft stock so expect him to play 100 mph, but that could also hurt if he plays too reckless.

The guard play will be the pivotal point in the matchup, because it is already known that Armando Bacot will be the best big man on the floor.

Expect a high scoring fun game that will come down to who makes mistakes less frequently.

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