Almost no one is surprised that the Wildcats made it this far. The No. 2-seeded Jayhawks are a bit more surprising, but they’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season.
As the No. 1 overall seed, Kentucky (32-2) is favored to win this match up, but Kansas (27-6) is likely to keep it close.
Both teams are solid on both sides of the ball, though UK does have a bit of an edge. How these squads perform inside the paint will play a key role in who comes out on top.
The Wildcats average 75 points a game and give up just under 62. The Jayhawks score almost 77 points each game and allow 59.
Both teams are going to have to be careful about ending up in foul trouble, too. If the Jayhawks can get either Anthony Davis or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to commit a lot of fouls, they’ll definitely have an advantage.
The Wildcats were picked by a lot of people a long time ago to go all the way, and anything less than a national title will be a disappointment. KU obviously wants to win, too, and there’s no reason to believe that this won’t be a hard-fought game on both sides.
Who to watch for: Kentucky – Davis (14.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, .639 FG%), Kidd-Gilchrist (11.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, .489 FG%); Kansas – Thomas Robinson (17.7 ppg, 11.7 rpg, .510 FG%), Jeff Withey (9.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, .547 FG%)
The game tips off at 9:23 ET on CBS. We’ll have live coverage on our @Aerys_NCAA twitter account, too!