Monday night’s NCAA National Championship Game is one of the best on paper in a long time. The nation’s top offense — Michigan — faces off against Louisville and the country’s best defense. The Wolverines score more points per possession than any team in college basketball while the Cardinals allow the fewest such points. Louisville’s defense is even better than that, though; Rick Pitino‘s squad has forced more turnovers than any other team than VCU this year, especially in transition. That’ll be fun to watch when they play Michigan, a team that frequently puts on offensive clinics against opponents, even those who run some fancy schmancy zone like Syracuse. You saw how that worked out for the Orange, right?
Finally, we’re going to see one heck of an individual matchup between Louisville’s Russ Smith and Michigan’s Trey Burke. Smith is an incredible defender who can also light it up on the offensive end and everyone is itching to see if he can slow down Burke, the purest scorer at the collegiate level and the AP Player of the Year. Smith will have to not only slow down Burke (because no one can stop him) and get the Cardinals going on offense. That’s a tough task, especially if Burke gets hot. You saw that moonshot he hit to drop Kansas, right? So what do you think? Will Smith validate his own candidacy as the nation’s best player and lead the No. 1 Cardinals to the title or will Burke and Michigan avenge the Fab Five and bring home the Wolverine’s first title. Comment below and let us know!