UNC vs Kansas

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Imagine how awkward this matchup must be for Roy Williams. The time that he spent at Kansas launched him into the upper echelon of college coaches. For all of the great seasons that he had there, he couldn’t get KU into the Final Four. He then takes over at North Carolina and immediately wins a title. The irony that his former team is now standing between him and an opportunity to win another ‘ship. High drama in San Antonio!

Overview: UNC has arguably the nations best player in the country in Tyler Hansbrough. He’s a high energy guy that gives you everything he has for 40 minutes. Containing him is going to be a tough task for Bill Self and the Jayhawks. The other task at hand is how is KU going to deal with Carolina’s guards? Ty Lawson loves to push the ball up the floor while Wayne Ellington and Danny Green love to spot up outside. Marcus Ginyard is the teams defensive stopper and will probably have the task of guarding Brandon Rush. On the other side of the floor, Kansas’ guards aren’t slouches. Rush, Mario Chalmers, Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins (Chi-Town Baby!!) are also pretty good. Down low Darrell “Slim Shady” Arthur, Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun provide a pretty solid front court to contend with. This will be another game decided by which team is able to control the pace.

The X-Factor: Can Kansas get it’s outside shots to fall over the outstretched arms of Carolina’s taller guards? With the exception of Brandon Rush, Chalmers, Westbrook and Collins are all very small and the length of Ellington, Green and Ginyard may make it tough for them to get good looks at the basket.

Prediction: UNC

North Carolina has been here before, Kansas hasn’t. The stage may prove to be too big and the lights too bright for the Jayhawks to handle.

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