Kansas-North Carolina in the second round? What a coincidence

John Feinstein
March 17, 2013

It has already been established that the No. 1 seed in this region should have been Miami, not Kansas. So, let’s move on.

The committee, which never pays attention to potential TV matchups, just happened to potentially match the Jayhawks with Ol’ Roy in the second round. Yup, if North Carolina can beat Villanova (it can and will), it’ll be Ol’ Roy against the folks from the great state of Kansas again.

John Feinstein is a sports columnist for The Washington Post and also provides commentary for the Golf Channel and National Public Radio. View Archive

Playing the Tar Heels in the second round isn’t exactly a dream come true for Bill Self’s team. Kansas’s size should prevail, but if Ol’ Roy’s boys make some shots it could be a long day for Kansas.

It won’t get any easier for Kansas when it gets to Dallas. Michigan-VCU is potentially the best second-round matchup of the tournament. The speed in that game will be almost blinding. Whichever team emerges will be tough for Kansas to play. Remember what VCU did to the Jayhawks in the region final two years ago? This version of the Rams is quicker. Their Achilles’ heel is their shooting, but if they make shots at all and can set up their press often enough, watch out. Self, you can bet, will be wearing a Michigan sticker for that game. He wants no part of VCU again — even though Michigan isn’t exactly a walkover game.

The bottom half of the draw looks as if John Thompson the elder drew up the bracket. Florida Gulf Coast did beat Miami early when the Hurricanes weren’t healthy, but Georgetown should handle that game. They shouldn’t have any serious trouble with San Diego State or Oklahoma in the second round although Steve Fisher and Lon Kruger both have plenty of experience coaching in this tournament.


In Dallas, the Hoyas should draw UCLA or Florida. The pick here is UCLA. The Gators have made the regional finals the past two years in a row, and Billy Donovan has won the whole thing twice. But they’ve been wildly inconsistent all winter in a bad league. UCLA managed to lose to Oregon in the Pac-12 final but the Bruins are capable of beating almost anyone in the tournament on a given night.

Can Georgetown make the Final Four? Absolutely. So can Kansas, Michigan or VCU.

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