The Kentucky Wildcats are the safe bet in tonight’s NCAA championship game against the Kansas Jayhawks. Anthony Davis and company are favored by 6.5 points in tonight’s game, which will pit the two teams with the most wins in NCAA college basketball history against each other.
Kansas coach Bill Self said:
“I dreamed about it as soon as I saw the brackets. I said, ‘How cool would it be to play Kentucky in the finals?’ From a historic standpoint, I think that’s really cool.”
According to Bloomberg, Kentucky has the most wins in NCAA history with 2,091. The school also has 7 National Championships which places Kentucky in second place in the all-time win list behind UCLA.
Kansas also has an impressive history. The Jayhawks have earned 2070 wins (second most behind Kentucky) and have won three national championships (tied in sixth place). Combined, the two schools have played in the championship game 18 times. Tonight, however, will be the first time that they play each other.
The two head coaches also have a long and successful history in the NCAA. Bill Self has one NCAA title under his belt. Self led the Jayhawks to victory in 2008 when they beat the University of Memphis. Kentucky coach John Calipari, who was coaching Memphis in 2008, has yet to win a championship game.
“I’m not worried about it… If my legacy is decided on one game, it won’t be me deciding it, it will be everybody else. I’m just trying to coach a game and do the best job I can for these kids.”
Kentucky may be the favorite for tonight’s game, but the Jayhawks are definitely capable of claiming the title for their own. Kentucky guard Darius Miller said:
“They’re here for a reason… They beat a lot of good teams and they’re capable of beating us, too. We got to be ready to come out and be ready to play the whole 40 minutes, trying to do what we’ve been doing all year.”
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