The Hot Corner: Who will ultimately win the NCAA crown in NOLA

 

So, it looks like March Madness is coming to a close. The Final Four is now set and for a lot of college basketball fans your team is probably out of the running. Many of us filled out brackets this year, and as usual we were all stunned with some strange upsets.

The last four teams are very convincing and there were probably a good amount that chose Kentucky, Ohio State, Kansas, and Louisville. Yet, we decided that with our luck with March Madness, we would discuss the Final Four and talk about our teams we chose. So, for this edition of the Hot Corner we will debate the last four teams vying for that national championship.

*Nick: *

I know that for me, I chose Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas and Missouri. I was in the same boat as others who felt the crushing defeat of Missouri by Norfolk State in the second round, but I still had two of the Final Four teams predicted.

It was hard to determine Syracuse because without their big man Fab Melo, they were really hurting without that big 7 foot 1 inch presence.
Kentucky is just a physical team. They are young, fast, and they know how to get the job done under Coach John Calipari.

Louisville is on a hot streak right now after winning the Big East tournament, quite like what the University of Connecticut did the previous year when it won it all. Louisville is a smart club with Coach Rick Pitino, but I see them losing to Kentucky, who is just stronger with big Anthony Davis down low.

Also, I like Ohio State to beat Kansas. I just think that with Jared Sullinger attacking down low and Michael Buford’s shooting they will handle the Jayhawks.
Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft will shut down Tyshawn Taylor from Kansas and lead them on to face Kentucky.

Yet I just think this year is Kentucky’s year and they will finish off Ohio State with their surplus of talent such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Davis.

*Sam: *

I,too, have felt the pain of the bracket busters. Trying to be the next Nostradamus, I envisioned New Mexico making a series of upsets to reach the Final Four. There has to be at least one Cinderella team right? North Carolina, Florida State and Kentucky wrapped out the rest of my dreadful Final Four predictions.

Going one for four gives me no hope in winning my tournament pool but who would have believed the upsets that arose surrounding Duke and Missouri.

My bracket was only 50 percent right so all of the upsets that I chose clearly did not come into fruition. Murray State to the Sweet 16? Florida State climbing to the Final Four? What in the world was I thinking?

This Final Four pits the best against the best. We will not be able to see Shaka

Smart and his Virginia Commonwealth team vie for a shot at the title, nor will we be able to see Butler defy all odds and make it to the championship game not one, but two consecutive times.
With four of the best teams in college basketball in the mix, it is harder than ever to decipher a winner. All of these teams are extremely strong with their styles of play. All teams have one go- to player that can take over a game during crunch time.

However, for the first time in the Hot Corner debate, I agree with Nick on one of his predictions. Louisville is riding a severe hot streak but the size of Kentucky is too much. The man-child of Anthony Davis will wear down the smaller Louisville centers down low.

The similarities end there, however as I deviate from Nick’s road and take the road not taken. Nick backs his predictions of the Ohio State game with fact, I back mine with a little fact and a little hope that OSU gets knocked off.

Jared Sullinger of Ohio State has been itching for his chance to win an NCAA Championship but his dream will have to wait. Both Kansas and OSU have highly respected defenses but I see Tyshawn Taylor from Kansas breaking loose in this game.

That leaves Kansas versus Kentucky in my championship game. Kentucky wins by 12 in a blowout.

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