When I saw that Kentucky would have to get through Ohio State to make a run to the Final Four, I pretty much threw in the towel. Ohio State is one of only two teams in the tournament (the other being Kansas) I don’t want the Cats to face. But apparently not everyone feels the same way I do about Kentucky’s chances of getting past the Buckeyes. In his East Region preview for Sports Illustrated, Stewart Mandel of SI.com picks Kentucky to upset Ohio State and make it to the Final Four. Bold move, sir.
The Pick: Kentucky
Yep — a surprise. In any other region, Ohio State would be my Final Four pick, but the Buckeyes will have the misfortune of running into a No. 4 seed that happens to be more talented, albeit young. The Wildcats’ Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight are both possible lottery picks this spring, and Doron Lamb could be a first-rounder next year. It took most of the season for Calipari’s team to gel, but now they’re playing like a team poised for a Carmelo Anthony/Gerry McNamara-like run to Houston.
I like your style, Stewart Mandel. #Winning