Kansas vs Kentucky Point Spreads 2012 NCAA Tournament Title Game
Now that we know which teams will be competing for this year’s National Title, we can begin speculating who will be there to cut down the nets of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Monday Night. It’s worth noting that the 2012 NCAA tournament title game is schedule to get underway Monday night, April 2nd, 2012, at 9:23 PM ET on CBS Sports. Our two teams competing for the hardware will be the Kentucky Wildcats and the Kansas Jayhawks.
According to point spreads specialists, Kentucky is listed as an early favorite to defeat Kansas by two three-point buckets. In addition, oddsmakers are apparently expecting this to be a defensive struggle, evidence by the fact that the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 137½ points.
“You have to give Louisville credit,” said UK head coach John Calipari after defating the Cardinals, said of the Cardinals, 69-61. “They offensive-rebounded against us better than any team we’ve played this year. They never stopped playing, got up into our bodies, created turnovers and gave themselves a chance to win.”
The Wildcats were the best team in the country this season, as they sat atop the national rankings seemingly all year long. Losers of just one game all year long, Kentucky was able to avenge that “L” in the NCAA tournament’s regional semifinals, 102-90. So all things considered, one can make the case that this team never missed a beat all year long.
“Because they listen and they trust,” Calipari said of his team’s success this season. “The reason they trust, they know it’s about a player’s first in our program. It’s about them. They’re going to listen to what we ask them to do. If they thought it was about me, they’re not going to listen to so much. This is about them and they know it.”
For Kansas, they’re coming off one of the most exciting runs in school history. Bill Self has put his kids in a great position yet again, as he tries to win his second championship in four years at the helm of the Wildcats. With a huge come-from-behind victory over Ohio State, the Jayhawks have all the momentum on their side. Thus, getting past KU will be anything but a walk in the park, even for a team as talented as UK.
“That’s just been our whole thing all year, coming back from being down,” Self said. “I don’t like doing it, but for some reason my team is pretty good when we’re down. These guys turned it around at halftime,” Self said. “Thomas labored in the first half and we were flat. But we came out and these guys were awesome.”