NCAA Men's Final Four Open Thread

Whatever he does, I'm hoping Rick Pitino does not choose to go with this hideous red jacket tonight.

The climactic final weekend of the NCAA men's basketball tournament is here. And looking at the matchups, I can't help but notice that three of the four schools represented are from jurisdictions encompassed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. That's some Circuit domination right there! Go Sixth Circuit!

But enough of the law geek observation. This is a good Final Four. For openers, we have Kentucky vs. Louisville. It's a Bluegrass state epic showdown! It's so big and so bitter that there are people who will throw down at the dialysis clinic if the smack talk gets too heated. The vitriol runs deep. Add to the mix that Louisville Coach Rick Pitino has a chance to end the title run of the storied Kentucky program he once coached and we have the makings of a memorable national semifinal matchup.

The second game is no slouch. Kansas vs. Ohio State. Kansas won a regular season meeting between these two teams in December, but the Buckeyes were playing without All-American Jared Sullinger in that one. Ohio State is obviously a different team with him. But Kansas is also a much different (and better) team than it was in December. You get the feeling that this game has taken a backseat to the Louisville-Kentucky game in terms of Final Four hype, but, on paper, Jayhawks vs. Buckeyes is a good game in its own right.

This is your Final Four open thread. Full schedule after the jump. Enjoy the games.

2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Final Four -- Mercedes Benz Superdome, New Orleans

(4) Louisville (30-9) vs. (1) Kentucky (36-2)

3:09 pm PDT, CBS

and

(2) Ohio State (31-7) vs. (2) Kansas (31-6)

5:49 pm PDT, CBS

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