It is undeniable that they’re is only two dominate teams in college basketball, Syracuse and Kentucky. Both teams post only 1 loss on the season and are ranked 1 and 3 in the RPI respectively. The only question remaining, how do they match-up with one another?
The styles are so different that it isn’t even funny. Playing a primary defense of a 2-3 zone, old school coach Jim Boeheim isn’t afraid to let teams shoot against his Orangemen. And, why wouldn’t he? This defense has held their opponents to a 39% field goal percentage. Most teams prepare season long for a man-to-man scheme so when they face Syracuse, the quickness can absolutely be frustrating. Rebounding is key when playing a zone, it can make or break the fact of a fast break. To their demise however, Syracuse isn’t a great rebounding squad.
But, in the game of basketball, it comes down to the guys on the court. A coach can only do so much before the weight becomes rested on the shoulders of his players. Boeheim has no shortage of those either. 10 of his guys average at least 10 mintues per game which is an outstanding number, and the points are spread throughout with Kris Joseph being the leader.
Now that you have heard Syracuse’s argument let’s look at the Cats’.
John Calipari is in his 3rd season in Lexington and without question has his best shot at cutting down the nets. With 7 future NBA players, these Wildcats are something else.
Anthony Davis is currently in a heated race with Kansas’ Thomas Robinson for National Player of the Year. The cast includes several potential All-Americans, 5-star athletes, 2011 SEC POY, and 2011 SEC tournament MVP. 4 freshman, 2 sophomores, and 1 senior, they have the perfect blend of youth and experience that you need to contend.
Kentucky is ranked 11th in the nation in field goal percentage and 1st in field goal percentage defense. Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock you also know they lead the country in blocks per game. Unfortunately for everyone else, you can’t score against them nor stop them from scoring.
To sum it up, you couldn’t have two more opposing teams at 1 and 2 in the nation. Syracuse brings to the floor an old fashioned James Naismith type game while Kentucky is the future of basketball at an uptempo, dribble drive pace.
You be the judge.