Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23) and forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (right) celebrate after defeating the Louisville Cardinals 69-61 in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE
The Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats are all set to tip off in the 2012 NCAA Tournament Championship Game on Monday night. KU's Thomas Robinson shut down Jared Sullinger on Saturday night, and will attempt to slow AP Player of the Year Anthony Davis.
Over two weeks and 66 games later, the championship game of the 2012 NCAA Tournament is finally set. The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Ohio St. Buckeyes by two points Saturday night to set up a showdown with the tourney's top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats. You can catch tip-off at 9:23 p.m. ET on CBS with Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr announcing.
The Wildcats have been favorites to win the championship since the tournament began after going 32-2 during the regular season. They made relatively easy work of their five opponents, including rivals Indiana and Louisville. Freshman forward Anthony Davis earned the AP 2012 National Player of the Year Award this past weekend, and celebrated with a huge game against the Cardinals, scoring 18 points with 14 rebounds and five blocked shots.
The Jayhawks won ugly over the Buckeyes, as they have all season. This may not be the most talented Kansas team we've ever seen, but forward Thomas Robinson has been playing some of his best ball late in the year. Against Ohio State he scored 19 points with eight rebounds. Even more impressively, he helped hold Jared Sullinger to just 5-of-19 shooting from the field.
The Wildcats are the logical favorites to win, but the Jayhawks should give them a good game and could pull out a victory if they can neutralize Kentucky inside. We will find out for sure come Monday night.