Transitive property, reduced to its simplest sports interpretation, is that if Team A beats Team B and Team C beats Team A, then Team C will beat Team B as well. What makes the transitive property theory so appealing tonight is that our Team C, UConn, beat Team A (Florida) not once, but twice, and Team A beat our Team B (Kentucky) three times.
That’s the math part of the equation. For the science part, I believe in what Chip Kelly, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, says about good big people always beating good little people. Since Kentucky has the good big people, most notably future NBA Lottery Pick Julius Randle, the more persuasive logic has to be that Kentucky will win tonight.
Plus, there’s also the question of leadership. While UConn head coach Kevin Ollie did an A-plus job in this tournament, Kentucky head coach John Calipari has a proven national championship pedigree. Ollie’s top assistant is Glen Miller, a former Ivy League coach at Brown and Penn who was fired by the latter institution for failing to continue Fran Dunphy’s league championship legacy. It’s pretty hard to get fired by an Ivy League school, but that’s just what Penn did to Miller.
Math favors the Huskies tonight, while logic favors the Wildcats and, that said, I’ll go for logic over math any day or night — particularly this one.