Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 5, 2014

Tackling some current sports news

This is the time of year for big questions.

Who will win the NCAA Tournament? Can the Detroit Tigers make another playoff run? Are the Red Wings a playoff contender? Are the Pistons merely disappointing, or massively disappointing?

Record-Eagle sports writers James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski will tackle those issues.

So, who will occupy the ladder on Monday night?

CD: I didn’t have Kentucky advancing beyond the second round when I filled out a bracket a few weeks ago, but it’s become pretty apparent in the last month that this Kentucky team of one McDonalds All-America after another is finally clicking on all cylinders. When you’ve got the most impressive collection of young talent in the entire country and that talent starts to develop and jell — look out.

I think Kentucky simply has too much talent and athleticism for Wisconsin and I find it difficult to believe that Florida — which I think will end a nice tournament run by UConn — is good enough to beat the Wildcats a fourth time this season in the championship game. If you’ll remember, it was a narrow loss to the Gators in the SEC Championship game that seemed to spark Kentucky heading into the tournament.

Kentucky started the season as the preseason No. 1 and it will end it with its second national title in the last three years.

JC: Wisconsin over Florida. Just a hunch. Nothing really to back it up.

But you have to like a team relaxed enough that one of its players (Zach Bohannon) takes a bet at media day to snap a selfie with each of the Final Four coaches — and thinks his own will be the hardest to get. He pulled it off. So can the Badgers.

Kentucky is a two-point favorite in a battle of contrasting styles. The Wildcats’ one-and-done guys against Wisconsin’s young-but-more-veteran squad.

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