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.