It all comes down to this. UConn against Kentucky in the National Title game. Unfortunately, the madness has to come to an end at some point.
Kentucky, an 8 seed, began the season as the #1 team in the country, before falling out of the top 25. As the end of the season neared, the Wildcats all of a sudden built chemistry that has made them one of the scariest teams in the country.
UConn’s season was also filled with highs and lows. A win over Florida on December 2nd was a high point. An 81-48 loss on March 8th to Louisville was the low point.
But none of that matters now because whichever team plays better on Monday night will walk away with the title.
There’s no doubt who the most talented team in college basketball is. It’s the Kentucky Wildcats. Julius Randle, James Young, the Harrison twins, and Alex Poythress, among others, are all NBA first round talents. At this point, all that talent combined with the chemistry the Wildcats have developed may be a lethal combination.
No player has been more clutch than Aaron Harrison. When Kentucky needs a shot, Harrison isn’t going to miss. He hasn’t throughout this whole tournament. While Harrison has been the most clutch player, Julius Randle has really come into his own. Randle has accumulated double-doubles in 4 out of Kentucky’s 5 tournament games. When Randle wants to score, no one can stop him. Add the fact that Alex Poythress is coming off really good game as well, man are the Wildcats scary.
If the UConn Huskies are going to win this game, it’s going to be because Shabazz Napier puts his team on his back just like Kemba Walker did back in 2011. Here’s the reality. UConn’s talent level is probably that of a 5-7 seed. Kentucky on the other hand, arguably deserved a 4-seed instead of an 8.
Napier, along with Ryan Boatright are going to have to play out of their minds, and DeAndre Daniels has to have another great game. Daniels has a tendency to be inconsistent, but he was magnificent against Florida. It’s going to take a similar, if not better effort against the Wildcats.
X-Factor: Play of Napier
It’s that simple. If Shabazz Napier wants to win this game, I’m not sure there’s anyone that can stop him at this point. This guy is on a magical ride, and despite how talented Kentucky is, Napier’s drive and determination could outweigh that.
I believe that the Kentucky Wildcats will impose their will on UConn in this game. Kentucky is just too talented, and playing too good of basketball right now. As much as I’d love to see Shabazzketball win another title, I just don’t see that happening.
Kentucky 68 UConn 58
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