Chicago: Rockefellers vs Gettys

By Jerry Palm - March 18, 2007

Two of the big time, blue bloods of college basketball, Kansas and Kentucky, get it on in the nightcap.

Kansas has 36 tournament appearances, 12 Final Fours and 2 titles. Kentucky has been in the field a record 49 times and has been in 13 Final Fours and won seven titles, second only to UCLA.

Ironically, these teams have only faced each other once in the NCAA tournament. Kentucky beat Kansas in a second round game in 1999. Can history repeat itself today?

If so, it'll take a big game from Randolph Morris of Kentucky. He's the one guy that will be difficult for Kansas to defend. The Wildcats will also have to do a good job taking care of the ball and getting back on defense to neutralize the Jayhawks speed.

The other three top seeds all got a scare before advancing in the second round. Let's see how much fear Kentucky can cause.

The arena is plenty full now, although the Badger fans are probably out hunting down a six-pack of forgetfulness. Tip is moments away.

Posted by Jerry Palm at 05:13 PM on March 18, 2007

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