Final Four Preview: How Do Remaining Squads Match Up In NCAA Tournament?
The Final Four is set for this weekend in what is sure to be two exciting matchups. The action will begin Saturday, April 5th in North Texas, where the number one-seeded Florida Gators take on the seventh-seeded UConn Huskies – the second seventh-seeded team to ever make the Final Four.
Final Four Preview
While the seeds do not hold much weight at this point in the tournament, many are calling Florida the favorite in this matchup despite UConn's tournament run behind the stellar play of senior guard, Shabazz Napier. "The way Napier has been playing, it's hard to pick against him," said college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, "but I think Florida has got the goods in this one," Bilas said.
Napier, who has averaged just over 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the tournament, helped lead his team over favorite Michigan State in their Elite Eight matchup.
The Huskies are on a potentially epic tournament run if they beat Florida, whom they defeated back in December to hand the Gators one of their two losses for the season.
The other matchup features the Wisconsin Badgers, who are considered underdogs to the Kentucky Wildcats despite the Badgers' second seed and impressive win over one seed Arizona.
Despite having a young team, with nine freshmen on their roster, Kentucky is arguably playing their best basketball of the season, and many are looking to see Kentucky take their place in the championship.
"Every year, it's a process. Some guys get it quicker than others. It took these guys a little longer, and it took me a little longer to figure them out," Kentucky Coach John Calipari told Bleacher Report.
Florida will take on UConn at 6:09pm EST on TBS and will be followed by Wisconsin and Kentucky at 8:49pm EST, also on TBS.
– Sean Billings