Check out what our analysts had to say about this year’s big dance….we’re not sure what is on the line here (probably an only partially used CSF coozie). Anyway, here are the predictions from a few of our writers.
Jeff Dunbar/CSF Senior Editor
Final Four: Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan State, UNC
I have Kentucky beating UNC in the championship, and here’s my breakdown of why:
I have Syracuse rallying to the Final Four, despite the suspension of Fab Melo. They’re still very deep, and I think they come together as a team and get to New Orleans.
I think Tom Izzo gets yet another trip to the Final Four behind his coaching and the versitle play of Draymond Green.
UNC recovers nicely from their heart-breaking loss to Florida State in the ACC Championship game. Keep in mind that the Tarheels were only one shot away in that one, and that was without John Henson. Expect him to be back by round 2, and that will make an impact for Roy Williams’ crew.
I have Kentucky winning it all. They have the best player in the nation, in Anthony Davis, and I believe this is the year John Calipari gets it done. The ‘Cats simply have too much althleticsm, and despite losing the SEC Championship game, they are still the best team in the country.
Alex Munter/CSF Contributor and Bracketology Guru
Final Four: Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan State, UNC
I picked these final four because, come on- Kentucky, self explanatory. Ohio State because they have all star talent that is sure to step up (on and off the court). Michigan State has been having an awesome season with a team that remains calm and composed throughout the game and has a strong defense. Finally, UNC because despite injuries, the team still has 3 players certain to land high future NBA draft picks and a couple young shooters that are bound to give a show.
I picked Kentucky to take it all against UNC because they are unstoppable! They have only lost 2 games this entire season and the winning streak won’t stop now. Calipari has a team full of talent and he knows how to coach. Not to mention, the Wildcats have enthusiasm and speed on their side, both offensively and defensively, thus making it difficult for opponents to stop them on the way to the basket. I am predicting a tight game with an end score of 85-78.
Allie Balog/CSF Writer & Contributor
Final Four: Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan St., UNC
I have these four teams going to the Final Four because they are the teams that I feel have proved this season that they can really go all the way. Kentucky for one has only lost two games in this entire regular season, they are probably the countries pick to win the National Championship, but that’s only because they have proved that they are the best team in the country thus far. As for Syracuse, Michigan State, and UNC while they have all had loses, they have also proved that they are still a team that you want to beat and they don’t like to be beaten.
As for the National Championship, I have Kentucky. Like I said they have proved that they are the best team in the country during the regular season, and I have no doubt in my mind that they will work their butt’s off during March Madness to prove that they truly are the best and win the entire championship. I think that they will end up beating Syracuse for the championship and not by a lot. I think that the final score will be less than a 10 point difference, which would make for a really great National Championship game and truly show who’s the best of the best.