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Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It: Final Four Edition

April 3, 2012

While I am a UNC fan through and through, I enjoy watching all basketball, particularly college, so, even though my Tar Heels are out of the tournament, I had a duty to continue my tournament themed editions of Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It.  So, here is the Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It for the final weekend of college basketball for the 2012 season.
Like It: Kansas beating Ohio St

This was a great matchup, as it featured great head to head battles in the post (Thomas Robinson of the Jayhawks vs. Jared Sullinger for the Buckeyes) and at the point guard (OSU’s Aaron Craft vs. KU’s Tyshawn Taylor).  OSU built a sizable lead, but Kansas fought back to win with a score of 64-62.  OSU made some mental errors down the stretch including a lane violation on a missed free throw (depending on your point of view, this was a botched call from the referees), and Kansas inbounded the ball before the Buckeyes realized what was happening letting time expire in the chaos.  All in all, a very exciting game, and it was the most dramatic one of the New Orleans weekend.

Love It: Kentucky beating Louisville

This one had plenty of storylines to make it exciting.  Rick Pitino, the Louisville coach, had led Kentucky to a national championship in 1996 before going to the NBA.  It was an in-state rivalry being played on the biggest stage imaginable.  Louisville entered the Final Four as the biggest underdogs (they were a 4 seed), while Kentucky was the top overall seed and the only 1 seed remaining in the tournament.  They did not disappoint, winning 69-61, but Louisville kept fighting back every time it seemed like Kentucky was going to blow it open.  In the end, the Wildcats just had too much talent for the Cardinals to overcome.

Gotta Have It: Kentucky beating Kansas

For all the storylines that UK-Louisville had, this one had more.  A coaching rematch of the 2008 title game.  Two All-Americans going head to head (Thomas Robinson vs. Anthony Davis of Kentucky).  The two winningest programs of all time.  Legacies.  Kansas seemed dormant for most of the game, but they fought back and made it a battle toward the end, but the group of Wildcats led by Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Marcus Teague and Terrence Jones were just too much to handle, and Kentucky won the 2012 NCAA Championship with a score of 67-59, giving John Calipari his first national championship.  Even though this wasn’t the most classic championship game that New Orleans has offered (1982 and 1993 are my personal favorites), the better team won and it was a much better championship game than last year.

So, there it is, the Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It for the 2012 Final Four.

Hope you liked this post, and I hope you like what else I have to say.

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