Monday, April 7, 2008

National Championship Preview

Tonight one coach will win their first ever National Championship. Tonight two teams with high powered offenses and scrappy defenses square off in San Antonio. With a combine four losses between them this is one game you do not want to miss. So who is gonna take the prize? Will it be Brandon Rush and the Kansas Jayhawks or will it be Chris-Douglas Roberts and Memphis. Before I pick who will come out on top lets go back and see how these teams got here.

Kansas Jayhawks (36-3 (13-3 Big 12 Champions))-The Jayhawks started out the season red hot winning their first 20 games before losing on the road at Kansas State on January 30th. They would lose only two more the rest of the way leading them to tonights game with Memphis. Seven players have been leading scorers for the Jayhawks this year and not a single Jayhawk was named to the All-Big 12 team. This selfless group is lead in scoring by Brandon Rush who is averaging over 13 points a game, while three other players average over 10 points per game. A player to watch out for is freshman center Cole Aldrich who had 8 points 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in 16 minutes in the win against North Carolina. He will be a factor in stopping Joey Dorsey down low. Kansas has had a winning tradition the past couple years, winning 84 out of their last 94 games.

Memphis Tigers (38-1 (16-0 CUSA Champions)-The only team that had a better start to their season was Memphis, winning 26 games in a row before losing in late February to Tennessee. The haven't lost since. Not to mention that they had the toughest non conference schedule, playing Georgetown, Arizona, USC, Oklahoma, Connecticut, and Gonzaga along with Tennessee. They are lead in scoring by Chris-Douglas Roberts with almost 19 points per game and freshman sensation Derrick Rose who is averaging 14 points this season and dropped 25 in their win against UCLA on Saturday. Memphis is playing in only their second championship game, which they lost to UCLA in 1973.

Who Will Win-Kansas leads the all-time series with Memphis 3-2. Tonight Memphis evens the score. Kansas won the last match over 20 years ago back on December 28th 1987 64-62 and Memphis will win by the same score. This game is going to come down to who turns over the ball more and Kansas turned the ball over 19 times against North Carolina. UCLA turned the ball over 12 times and lost by 15 to Memphis. CDR will have a great game for Memphis as they will win their first ever National Championship Game. And as a Missouri Fan living in Midwest country I see a lot of Kansas fans all the time and today I came up with another great Kansas Hater Chant. So for Kansas fans this is for you: Rock Chalk Jayhawk....FUCK KU! Have a good week everyone talk to you on Thursday.

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