GREENSBORO, NC -- The road to the NCAA men's basketball championship has been long. Just a few weeks ago, 68 teams entered the tournament field and tonight it's down to two! Wisconsin and Duke play for the national title.
But getting here wasn't easy and many brackets busted along the way! You might remember, we talked with bracketologist Shelby Mast the day after selection Sunday. Mast has his own website, Bracket WAG, and writes for our Gannett partners USA Today. Back then, he said, "My final four are Kentucky, Wisconsin, Villanova, and Iowa State."
He joined Eric Chilton again today via Facetime. When asked about tonight's matchup, he said Kaminsky vs Okafor has the potential to be one of the best championships ever. "Both are fundamentally sound, both play solid defense. You have the player of the year and Okafor who was a close second." Mast said he's not sure we've seen that kind of matchup in a championship game before.
Some have been wondering if Duke automatically has the advantage, since Duke beat Wisconsin earlier this season. But Mast said it will be completely different. In the first matchup, Duke still had Rasheed Sulaimon. He's since been dismissed from the team. Mast also said Wisconsin seems to be coming together now, at just the right time. "
Now that the tournament is almost over, we asked Mast is he STILL felt any teams should have been seeded differently? In our previous interview, Mast was surprised at UCLA's presence in the field. And this morning he said he stuck by that statement. "I'm still not sold UCLA should've been there even though they got to the 'Sweet 16'.
We asked Mast for a final prediction and he predicted Duke would win the national championship game by 3 points.