Two of the most storied programs in college basketball history will meet on Sunday afternoon with the last Final Four spot up for grabs. North Carolina and Kentucky will have Newark hopping in the East Region final of the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky pulled off one of the shockers of the NCAA Tournament by knocking off top overall seed Ohio State. It might still be somewhat tough to have them in your Elite Eight picks after North Carolina had its most complete game of the year in a drubbing of Marquette on Friday.
The Elite Eight, East Region final starts at 5:05 Eastern in Newark on CBS. Check out the entire schedule of NCAA Tournament Elite Eight games here. This is the final game of the week before the Final Four schedule is unveiled.
This will be a battle of youth vs. youth, making it somewhat of unpredictable compared to other Elite Eight picks. Carolina will rely on the youngsters Harrison Barnes, John Kendall Marshall while Kentucky turns to Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and DeAndre Liggins.
The advantage here belongs with Kentucky since they proved they can win the close game against an elite team. Brandon Knight stepped up the challenge against Ohio State in the Sweet Sixteen and knocked down the game winner. That kind of experience will transcend the youngsters actual age. Sure, North Carolina won a close one against Washington, but the Huskies seemed content to hand that game to the Tar Heels in the closing minute.
There's going to be a lot of blue in the crowd, but only one is going to come out victoriously. Believe it or not, but this Kentucky team will advance to the Final Four, something John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and company couldn't accomplish last year. Kentucy 72 North Carolina 69