Predictions: Kansas vs. UNC

When I read that Jeff Mills of the News & Record picked North Carolina to beat Kansas today, I was inspired to check on other prognosticators. I checked the columnists at the News & Observer, the Charlotte Observer and the Winston-Salem Journal, but I couldn’t find any indication pf a prediction on their websites.

Dick Vitale picks Kansas: Roy Williams faces his former team, and the Tar Heels are not the same if Kendall Marshall isn’t in the lineup. Tyler Zeller had a 20-20 game vs. Ohio but it will be a lot tougher against Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey.

So does Stewart Mandel at SI.com: 68-64.

Dave Carey at CBSsports.com goes Kansas, too:  A physical game will favor Kansas, which has won its past two by a combined six points and knows what it takes to thrive in a chaotic, late-game situation.

Josh Schoch at BleacherReport.com picks Kansas.

Dan Rubenstein of SB Nation picks Kansas.

On the other hand:

Collegehoops.net goes UNC: 77-75.

Patrick Clarke at BleacherReport.com: Carolina, 67-60. I liked North Carolina to win this matchup before the tournament began and I still like their chances even without Marshall at the point. The Jayhawks are struggling mightily on the offensive end and another slow start on Sunday will cost them a shot at the Final Four.

Mike Gminski picks Carolina.

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  1. For the record: I nailed North Carolina’s point total on the button. The Heels indeed scored 67 points.

    But I sold Kansas short by 17 points. The Jayhawks, who had scored 65 or fewer points in each of their first three NCAA tournament games, already had 66 with 9:30 left in Sunday’s game. They finished with 80.

    I didn’t believe Kansas point guard Tyshawn Taylor would snap out of an awful scoring slump. Taylor was a combined 11-for-33 from the field in the first three games; he was 10-for-19 against Carolina.

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