Yesterday I posted my final four prediction and today will be my national champion pick.
Duke vs Arizona
Interesting matchup here and tons of NBA talent on Display. This game will come down to whether or not Duke has the athletes to keep up with Arizona. Arizona won the Pac 12 which to me was the best offensive conference in the Country this season. Duke can score the basketball with the best of them but they do not feature elite athletes and I think Arizona will be able to frustrate them with their size and perimeter players. Harry Giles is the only guy on the roster who can slow down Lauri Markkanen but unfortunately for Duke he will not be able to put in the minutes to change the game.
The pick- Arizona
Kentucky vs Oregon
Oregon wants to run and score the basketball and are very good at it. The problem in this game for them is if you run vs Kentucky and turn the ball over you will get run off the court. Malik Monk is going to be able to match Dillon Brooks shot for shot and that takes away a huge advantage for Oregon vs most teams. Playing fast vs De’Aaron Fox is foolish because he is the fastest player in college basketball and Oregon’s style plays into his strength. This is the game the Chris Boucher injury finally is too much for Oregon to overcome.
The pick- Kentucky
National Championship – Arizona vs Kentucky
I feel bad for Sean Miller in this one. He has a great team and can easily win his first national championship but Kentucky is the only team in the country that can defend Arizona. Bam Adebayo is a player that is a player like Lauri Markkanen’s worst nightmare. He is athletic enough to cover him inside and out and he has the motor to drive him insane all game long. Throw De’Aaron Fox on Alonzo Trier all game and Kentucky has just thrown a huge wrench in Arizona’s offense. If those 2 guys for Arizona can not get going I see no way Arizona wins this game. Malik Monk to me just seems like a guy who is built for the big game and the combination of their big 3 with glue guys like Isaiah Briscoe and Derek Willis it is just going to be too much for any team this year including Arizona.
National Champion- Kentucky Wildcats