The Fantastic Final Four… Preview
As March Madness has come down to it’s final days, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, and Kansas have all made the long trip to the Final Four. Each of these teams have spent countless hours working hard just to make it to this stage. This Saturday these teams square off to determine who will be in the championship game.
The first match-up is between in-state rivals Louisville and Kentucky. Louisville, led by point guard Peyton Siva, came into the tournament as a fourth seed and was able to fight its way past teams like Michigan St. and Florida and make it to the semifinal. Kentucky, the number one overall team, has progressed through the tournament fairly easily, led by freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Many people have described this match-up as the biggest day in Kentucky sports history.
Both teams bring a defensive mind-set to this game. The Louisville Cardinals displayed a shut-down man defense against the sharp-shooting Florida Gators. They also have a defensive presence in the paint, courtesy of big man Gorgui Dieng. Louisville is arguably the best outside shooting team left in the tournament too. Kentucky on the other hand bring more than a defensive mindset, led by forwards Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist. They have immense talent and incredible chemistry for a young team. Their shot-blocking, energy, and execution have given them the unofficial title of best team in the tournament. When asked his opinion on the match-up, junior Kofi Omane said, “I think Kentucky will win because they have more talent on the team and more depth.”
Senior Johannes Sorto agreed, saying, “I think Kentucky will win. Their coach is used to being in big games, so I think he’ll come up with a better strategy.”
The second game is between Kansas and Ohio State. The two teams have drawn many similarities. Both entered the tournaments as #2 seeds, both had disappointing conference tournaments, both have streaky outside shooting, and both are led by star big men.
There were a lot of question marks surrounding Kansas at the beginning of this season. Having lost a lot of talent from the previous season, many wondered how the Jayhawks would perform. However, former reserve forward Thomas Robinson greatly improved his game over the summer leading to his stellar play this season. Kansas has also benefited from the solid play of point guard Tyshawn Taylor. The Ohio State Buckeyes on the other hand, have had a chip on their shoulder festering since last season. The Buckeyes came off of a great regular season and entered the tournament as the number one overall team, only to lose prematurely to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Sweet Sixteen. Star big man Jared Sullinger chose to stay with the Buckeyes another year instead of entering the NBA so they could win a national championship. Despite having a more difficult regular season, the Buckeyes have managed to make it to the Final Four.
When asked his opinion on the match-up, sophomore Luis Reveron said, “I think Kansas will win, they’re better. Ohio State won’t win because they’re inexperienced.”
Junior Josue Revero said, “I think it’ll be a good game, but my gut tells me that Kansas will win.”
Regardless of the result, all four teams should be very proud that they made it this far in the tournament.
Posted on March 29, 2012, in Sports, Top Stories and tagged Anthony Davis, Final Four, Jared Sullinger, Louisville, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Ohio State University, Peyton Siva, Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.