Fat Guy’s Corner

Iconic matchup


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

We are down to four college basketball teams and they all are headed to New Orleans for the Final Four. The airplanes will be boarded by Kentucky, Ohio State, Louisville, and Kansas and basketball will take place on Saturday. Louisville and Kentucky will play at 6:05 p.m. and then followed by Kansas and Ohio State at approximately 8:45 p.m.

What a Saturday of hardwood action these two games will be. The battle of Kentucky alone is worth the watch. How about John Calipari and Rick Pitino coaching against one another? Two iconic coaches each with Kentucky Wildcat basketball ties. Calipari has never won the NCAA Tournament in his career. Rick Pitino won an NCAA title at Kentucky in the 1995-96 season and made it to the finals in 1996-97, and lost. Would Rick love to beat his old school in Kentucky? Does the Fat Guy love meat and potatoes?! Yes, I do, and yes, Ricky would love a victory over Kentucky.

The Buckeyes and Jayhawks have some basketball tradition of their own. How about Bill Self defeating the old Kansas coach Roy Williams and his North Carolina Tar Heels. Roy Williams was totally out-coached by coach Self. Ole Roy didn’t even realize the Kansas team was running a triangle and two on his team. Come on, Roy, open your eyes and make some adjustments!

The injury to Kendall Marshall really hurt the Tar Heels. Marshall’s injury to his wrist cost the Tar Heels a trip to the Final Four. The Buckeyes just flat out played the Syracuse Orangeman. Craft and Sullinger carried the Buckeyes to a victory and a Final Four trip. Ohio State needs to represent the Big Ten Conference this weekend. I feel as though the Kansas and OSU game will be a thriller and will be decided in the final minutes. My brackets are toast and no cabbage will be put into the money clip this March. I did get two Final Four teams right in Kentucky and Ohio State. I missed on Marquette and North Carolina. Fifty percent is not great, yet not awful either. Let’s pick some basketball winners.

Louisville is the party crasher, in my opinion. Nobody saw them in the Final Four (unless you are a Louisville fan). Kentucky is a team everyone predicted to go to the Final Four. The Kentucky Wildcats are playing scintillating hoops right now. They play seven players and all are exceptional players. The one-and-done recruiting method will pay off for Calipari here in 2011-12. Too much talent to lose, in my eyes. They beat Baylor like a varsity team playing seventh graders. Kentucky has defeated

Louisville, 69-62, back on December 31, 2011.

Louisville, which struggles to score, will struggle to score once again on Saturday. The

Cardinal defense is tremendous, but not enough to defeat the Wildcats. I like Kentucky by 12 over the Louisville Cardinals.

The Buckeyes and Jayhawks are both red hot right now. Kansas is 13-1 in its last 14 ballgames. Thomas Robinson, the leader for the Jayhawks, is averaging 18 points and 12 boards a game. He is a big-time player. Tyshawn Taylor has been in a slump for much of the season, but came alive against North Carolina. Throw in Jeff Withey and Kansas looks the part to advance to the finals. I feel as though the Buckeyes are a little stronger and Mr. Craft in the back court gives the Buckeyes the edge. Kansas won the first game on December 10, 78-67. I like Ohio State in the rematch by six over Rock Chalk Jayhawk Saturday. The Monday night championship will be a Kentucky Wildcat victory. The Wildcats 71 and Scarlett and Gray 60. The Blue Grass State brings home the NCAA Title.

Ice wars

The Frozen Four will have a stranger from Michigan in the tournament in Tampa. The Wolverines? Nope. The Ferris State Bulldogs. Ferris State defeated the boys from Cornell, 2-1. Cornell eliminated the Wolverines, who were the number-one seed. The town of Big Rapids is hockey crazy, I have to believe. It’s Ferris’ first ever Frozen Four. They will play Union, which is located in New York. Boston College will take on Minnesota and these two are traditional college hockey powers. April 5 is the date; don’t you dare miss it college hockey fans.

Tim Tebow to the Jets! Oh boy, the New York media is gonna love this. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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