Final Four weekend is here. 4 Teams have managed to scratch and claw their way through the obstacles of the Regional Rounds. With all 4 having 1 more goal in hand. Be the last one standing.
Let's get started right away with the head-to-head match-ups Saturday evening.
UConn vs Florida
Analysis of Florida
The Florida Gators who are the top overall seed in Tournament will seek their 3rd NCAA Title in 8 years. Last time they made it to College Basketball's big stage was 2007 in Atlanta. Oddly enough they were the top seed in tournament as well. With a roster combined with heralded upper-class men who have witnessed previous heartbreaks prior to this year's run to North Texas. Are looking forward to wash all of the nightmares away with a championship.
There isn't that much holes you can pick out in Florida. They can give you problems with any playing style. Up-tempo and grinder down low. Their steady offense is run by PG Scottie Wilbekin. Who has payed his dues at Florida. Has the ability to take over games in key stretches with his knack of carving through defenses and by making crucial 3 pointers. Florida also has an inside presence that will be tough to handle with 1 sole player.
Patric Young another Senior on Gators roster, is 6'9" who has a motor like a bull can rebound with the best of them. He is also capable of muscling shots inside with his wide frame.
Analysis of UConn
UConn has made another magical run by a fearless PG with Shabazz Napier. Who was counted on by a lot of people to reconstruct Kemba Walker's title run in 2011. He has done that and more for UConn. By taking over games in the 2nd and 3rd Rounds in Saint Joseph's and Villanova. And who can forget his moments against Michigan State in Madison Square Garden?
But like any catalyst for a lower seed trying to advance over a top dog in this tournament. Napier needs help from fellow guard Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels inside.
I have fallen in love with this Florida team after they beat Kansas in December. They've pulled off 30 consecutive wins. The last loss was evidently enough against UConn in early December in Storrs by a Napier buzzer beater. But with Florida having match-up nightmares inside with Anthony Prather and timely 3 point shooting from Michael Frazier along with Florida's balanced scoring and depth will be too much for UConn to overcome.
Its mandatory for UConn to have Phillip Nolan and Nieis Griffey to dish out more scoring than expected to help out that or Napier goes off for 40 which isn't happening.
Kentucky vs Wisconsin
Analysis of Wisconsin
West Regional Champion Wisconsin Badgers have made it back to the Final Four since 2000 in Indianapolis. This will be Bo Ryan's 1st ever Final Four in his coaching career.
The Badgers are an odd team that has a stifling defense but also down graded with an offense that occasional weathers through pro-longed scoring droughts. Clearly, their offense is run by a matchup problem Frank Kaminsky who previously was a PG grew to a 7 ft giant who can become unconscious at times in games, especially from 3 point range. Ask Arizona.
Along with Kaminsky, Wisconsin only plays 6 guys with limited production from bench could hurt them tonight. Traevon Jackson and Ben Brust along the perimeter will make some shots for you during stretches
Analysis of Kentucky
It seemed improbable that this year's young Kentucky squad under Calipari would make Final Four. The regular season became more of struggle for survival than it was priming up for a long run in March for the Wildcats. Who was plagued with utter confusion from the Harrison twins all season has became a mirage in some facets.
As Kentucky has peaked at the right time. All of sudden Aaron and Andrew Harrison have become impact players, Julius Randle became a play maker. Calipari is in his 4th Fin al Four in 7 seasons. 3rd in last 4 years at Kentucky.
This one will be a toss up for most. Both teams have been playing their best ball. Kentucky virtually eats glass which will be a thorn in Wisconsin's side as they have trouble rebounding consistently. Kentucky's size and athleticism will also be a major problem for Wisconsin. Oregon was the most athletic team Wisconsin has faced so far in the Tournament in Round of 32. Arizona in Elite was the best match-up size wise for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's lack of depth will hurt them in most phases. As Kentucky can throw Randle and Young on smaller guards in Brust and Jackson. Kentucky necessarily doesn't have a guy who can defend Kaminsky on perimeter other than Harrison twins.
If Kaminsky goes off like he did in previous games and Wisconsin who at times lives and dies from 3 can get hot and stay hot. They have a great chance. Julius Randle goes to his left hand all the time when driving. Forcing him to his right might create problems for Randle, due to Kentucky's lack of a great perimeter shooter.