One of the most crucial man-to-man matchups in the entire 2012 NCAA Tournament will be realized on Saturday in the Final Four in New Orleans. Kansas Jayhawks point guard Tyshawn Taylor will square off against Ohio St. Buckeyes point guard Aaron Craft. Both players will be attempting to guide their team to a spot in the national championship game.
Stewart Mandel of SI.com reports that Taylor has deep respect for Craft, but an even stronger confidence that his team will prevail.
"As many questions I'm answering about how good he is on defense -- he must be. That's all I'm talking about" said Kansas' bubbly and ever-candid senior point guard. Earlier, told of an Ohio State player's observation that Craft was the superior defender, Taylor replied: "He's great. I'm just way too confident in my abilities to give him that much credit. I guess I'll have to see for myself."
The rest of the nation will see for themselves as well on Saturday. Only one team can advance. Perhaps Taylor's confidence will be validated when all is said and done.