The championship matchup between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Connecticut Huskies is being billed as one of the most unlikely pairings in the history of the NCAA tournament. The Huskies were the seventh seed in the East while the Wildcats were the number eight seed in the Midwest.
-Defeating Wisconsin in the Final Four
How Connecticut Go to the Title Game
Connecticut finished the season 31-8 and earned an at-large bid into the tournament. They earned a spot in the championship game by:
-Defeating St. Joseph’s in the Round of 64
-Defeating Villanova in the Round of 32
-Defeating Iowa State in the Sweet Sixteen
-Defeating Michigan State in the Elite Eight
-Defeating Florida in the Final Four
Why Kentucky Will Win
The Wildcats were rated as the best team in the nation and the overwhelming favorite to win the title when the season started. All five of the Kentucky starters were Mr. Basketball in their home states or led their high school teams to national championships.
Although they fell short of their 40-0 goal at the beginning of the season, they are still one of the most talented teams in the country. There is a good chance that all five of their starters this year could be playing in the NBA as soon as next year.
When you are talking about a team that has that kind of sheer talent and athleticism, it makes it hard for any team to beat them. On top of that, Kentucky has already won two games at the buzzer. While they are a young team, the Wildcats may have finally learned how to believe in their coach and each other enough to overcome any adversity that they will face against Connecticut.
Why UConn Will Win
Connecticut has to feel good about themselves going into the championship game. They just knocked off the top overall seed in the tournament and they have a true leader in Shabazz Napier. He can score at will when his teammates need him to lift them past the opposition.
However, the real reason why Connecticut has been so effective is because of their defense. Regardless of how much talent the other team has, it is easy to win games when a defense can turn them into non-factors. That is exactly what the Huskies have done to just about all of the best players in the NCAA in the past few weeks.
Which Team Wins the National Title?
This is going to be one the best and closest title games in a long time. As the Seattle Seahawks proved just a few short months ago, a dominant defense tends to be able to neutralize a powerful offense. Therefore, it makes sense to predict a Connecticut Huskies victory in this game.