|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABIt will already be known on Saturday, which team from the Blue Grass state is still standing, when Ohio State and Kansas step onto the floor in New Orleans to determine who will face either the number four Louisville Cardinals or the favored number one Wildcats from Kentucky.
Approximate tip off is scheduled for 8:49ET following Kentucky vs. Louisville. You can view both games on your local CBS affiliate. Either way, one of these number two seeded teams will be playing for the NCAA National Championship on Monday. This is being billed by many as a matchup of the Buckeyes, Jared Sullinger and the Jayhawks, Thomas Robinson.
Many were disappointed when Sullinger was unable to play when Ohio State visited Kansas on December 10th of last year. Without him, the Buckeyes fell by 11 points. This contest will contain other matchups besides the featured bout of Sullinger versus Robinson. Tyshawn Taylor and Aaron Craft could be worth the price of admission too. Taylor is considered too fast, too strong and too good, to be denied. He is shooting at a rate of 39 percent from beyond the arc.
That being said, Craft is an apt name for the crafty Buckeye perimeter defender whose responsibility it will be to try and at least contain him. Craft got the best of Taylor in their previous matchup, holding him to 25 percent shooting and forcing 6 Taylor turnovers for good measure.
Then theres the Jayhawks, Travis Releford who similarly to Ohio States's Craft, will be asked to put forth an effort to stop Buckeye William Buford when he has the ball. While Buford did not perform up to expectations this year, he is capable of exploding at any given moment.
And let us not forget the matchup of two of the best coaches in the college ranks. The Jayhawks, Bill Self and Buckeyes Thad Motta. They may be the best two " in game " coaches around. The nod should probably go to Self, however, if for no other reason than his taking four new starters to the Final Four.
The sportsbook oddsmakers have installed Ohio State as 2.5 point favorites if you're willing to lay $110 to win $100. The same $110 wager will be required to bet the over/under of 136.5.