At RealGM, a look at why Kentucky is the overwhelming favorite to cut down the nets in New Orleans:
These teams have been drilled constantly for nine months and these players have been playing basketball in national competitions since they were 12-years-old. For most of them, it’s the biggest game they will ever be a part of; for the rest, a strong performance could make them millions of dollars while a weak one could be the difference between a career in the NBA or in Europe.
The coaches who didn’t know what they were doing, even if they had more talent, were ruthlessly eliminated over the last two weeks. The teams that are left can run offensive and defensive sets correctly and their coaches know exactly the right buttons to push. What it’s going to come down to is who has the best buttons.
Basketball is live action chess. The five offensive players move in unison in order to create an open shot at the basket, while the five defensive players try to prevent one. Teams run sets to create individual matchups they can exploit, forcing defenses to commit two players to stop one, which in turn creates an open shot for an offensive player.
The problem for the other three teams in the Final Four is they don’t have any individual matchups they can exploit against Kentucky. Very, very few teams in college basketball do, which is why the Wildcats went 36-2 in this season. Of their wins, only three (vs. UNC, at Tennessee, at Florida) were by fewer than five points.