LUMBERTON — Robeson County basketball coaches and fans mostly sided with Kansas and Villanova when making their picks ahead of the Final Four in San Antonio that starts today.
Only one coach, St. Pauls girls basketball coach Mike Moses Jr, said Michigan will prevail. As a Detroit native, Moses cited familial ties on Michigan’s coaching staff when making his pick.
“I’ve been a fan all of my life and my brother (assistant coach DeAndre Haynes) is on the staff. I’m locked in,” said Moses, who will be in San Antonio this weekend.
Lumberton boys basketball head coach Matt Hill chose Villanova to take home the championship.
“They have a great coach, and great guard play,” Hill said.
Corey Thompson, head coach of the St. Pauls boys basketball team, favored experience when making his pick.
“I like Villanova to win it all because they have more experience in the Final Four. They can really spread the floor and shoot and guard you as well,” Thompson said.
Purnell Swett boys basketball head coach Jeremy Sampson said Kansas has enough talent on the perimeter and in the paint to win the championship.
“I think Kansas will prevail because their guards are playing great and they have a legitimate big man to control the paint,” Sampson said.
South Robeson boys basketball and baseball head coach Ryan Bullard chose Kansas to win because their roster is balanced.
“I think Kansas will win because they have all the parts with excellent guard play and the front court to match. Also, as a Tar Heels fan, you’ve got to love those Jayhawks,” Bullard said.
Red Springs girls basketball coach Steve Sinclair predicted that Villanova will beat Michigan in the championship game.
Fairmont super-fan Chris Floyd picked the Jayhawks to win.
“(Head coach) Bill Self’s got a good team,” Floyd said.
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke head coach Ben Miller, who spent 10 seasons on the coaching staff at Kansas, said the Jayhawks will take home the hardware after beating Loyola-Chicago in the championship game.
“Got to root for my Jayhawks and also love their experience and Devonte Graham’s toughness,” Miller said.
Miller, like Moses, has ties to one of the Final Four teams after coaching at Kansas, and also will be in San Antonio as the basketball season comes to an end.
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