Erich, Bowling Green:
How sick would a North Carolina vs. Kentucky Championship game be? With at least 8-10 future NBA players between the two squads, this could be the best game in years. Who wins?
Unfortunately, the DimeBag took a brief hiatus, so this game actually happened before I had a chance to answer. And yes, I picked Kentucky. Okay fine, I would have picked UNC. That said, I think a title game between these two squads completely changes the equation. In the regular season matchup, it was non-conference, low pressure, low stakes. In short, Kentucky could run wild, do their whole dribble-drive/Anthony Davis-dunk-it-once-in-a-while thing and go home winners.
Maybe Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, John Henson and Tyler Zeller’s experience play a role in a championship game. The only caveat, however, is that Kentucky’s freshmen will only improve with time – and if they beat UNC with underdeveloped talent, imagine how good they might be by the end of the season. In the end, I’d still pick UNC because I hate everything that John Calipari represents. Of course I don’t know the man or the program personally, so my objectionable feelings stem from media-driven, potentially unreliable portrayals. But I like being biased, because it’s fun to hate certain teams.