Florida, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Connecticut are headed to North Texas to compete in the Final Four of the NCAA Basketball Championship, beginning on Saturday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. ET, 5:00 p.m CT, and the championship game to be played on Monday, April 7.
Florida and Wisconsin might not be that big of surprises to reach the Final Four, but not a lot of people had seven seed Connecticut and eight seed Kentucky making the Final Four.
The first Final Four matchup is the Florida Gators versus the Connecticut Huskies.
The Florida Gators are riding a 30-game win streak. Their last lost was on Dec. 2 against UConn, which is who the Gators play in the Final Four.
A key for Connecticut’s success in this tournament has been Shabazz Napier. Since the Big Dance began, he’s averaging 23.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. No player in college basketball has been better.
The matchup between Shabazz Napier and Scottie Wilbekin is the key to this game. The winning team will have had a big contribution from either one of these players.
The other Final Four matchup is the Wisconsin Badgers versus the Kentucky Wildcats.
Kentucky has hit its stride, emerging from the “region of death” by beating No. 1-seeded Wichita State, fourth-seeded Louisville and second-seeded Michigan.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, Kentucky is the first team in NCAA history to eliminate the previous year’s champion and runner-up.
The Wisconsin Badgers bring the best match-up inside the paint so far in this tournament, as Frank Kaminsky will knock heads with Julius Randle, the extremely strong big man for Kentucky.
Kaminsky, on the other hand, has had possibly the best tournament out of anyone in the nation, averaging 18.5 points-per-game, along with six rebounds-per-game to compliment that.
Both of these games should be entertaining to watch, but my predicted championship game is Florida versus Wisconsin, with the Florida Gators winning the national championship.
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