Under most circumstances, the NCAA Championship Game would draw a bigger crowd than a regular-season NBA game. This is especially true in 2012, when we could very well be seeing the top three NBA prospects on the same floor in the same game. Thomas Robinson and Kansas will square off against Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kentucky starting at just after 9:20 p.m. on CBS.
Some things to watch as they pertain to the Wizards.
- How will Kansas match up with Kentucky's front line? Will the Jayhawks play Robinson mostly at power forward, where he'll likely be matched up with Terrence Jones or even Kidd-Gilchrist, or will the Jayhawks go small and play Robinson at center with Kevin Young at power forward? The effect of the latter: forcing Davis to actually guard someone instead of letting him roam around and block shots. If I'm Bill Self, I'd play it that way.
- If that's the case, how will Robinson deal with Davis' length? He's struggled finishing around the rim in this tournament, and that's against lesser players than Davis.
- Can Kidd-Gilchrist get it going? He struggled against Louisville, and Kansas has a really underrated wing defender in Travis Releford to guard him.
- How well will Robinson defend Jones? I haven't had much of a chance to watch Robinson's defense, but guarding Jones will be a hell of a test.
- Can Davis affect as many shots as he did against Louisville, a team with poor offensive spacing and no ability to swing the ball from side-to-side like the Jayhawks?