This is it, baby -- the big one.
We've been talking about this matchup since these two teams were ranked 1st and 2nd back in January. Since then, both teams took a bit of a hit, but both have recovered to play their best basketball at the right time.
Especially Memphis. Rose and CDR are playing at an NBA level right now; can our guards rise to the occasion?
This is the first game in a long time in which I think KU could play great and still lose. Memphis is long, athletic and defensively-minded enough to give our players fits.
On the plus side: Just as they're the best team we've faced all year, the reverse is also true. CBS Sportsline's breakdown shows both teams statistically about even, actually giving a slight edge to Kansas.
But this is the way you would script it, isn't it? In yet another parallel to 1988, we're playing an absolute juggernaut in the title game. Let's relish the underdog status once again and make it happen...
We beat OU 83-79. This time, how about: KU, 80-77.