On Saturday the Wisconsin Badgers earned a spot into the Final Four, the team’s first such berth since 2000. Joining them are three teams who are equally capable of coming home as national champions. The Florida Gators, Connecticut Huskies and Kentucky Wildcats round-up this year’s Final Four.
Florida came into the tournament as the overall number one seed and are currently riding a 30-game winning streak. Led by point guard and SEC player of the year Scottie Wilbekin (17.8 points per game), the Gators are playing at high level and looking for their first national championship since 2007. Head coach Billy Donovan is looking for his third national championship in Gainesville.
Kentucky is playing probably the best basketball of anyone in the tournament. Rolling with a starting five of all freshmen (I like to dub them Fab 5 2.0), the Wildcats are a very dangerous team. Julius Randle, arguably the best freshman in the country and a lock to be an NBA Draft Lottery pick, is averaging 14.5 points per game and 12 rebounds per game. The last time Big Blue Nation won the national championship was in 2012.
Connecticut has surprised many making it all the way to the Final Four. With victories over Villanova, Iowa State and Michigan State, the Huskies are one of the hottest teams of the four left. Shabazz Napier is playing out of this world, averaging 23.3 points per game while being the heart and soul of this team. Second year head coach Kevin Ollie is looking to put his stamp right away on an already tradition-rich UConn program.
Wisconsin made it to the Final Four for the first time since 2000 and is Bo Ryan’s first time making it this far in his career with the Badgers. Frank Kaminsky has been nothing short of dominant, averaging 18.5 points per game and six rebounds per game. Not to mention Kaminsky was named the Most Outstanding Player of the West region after Wisconsin took down Arizona 64-63 in the Elite Eight. The Badgers have not won a national championship since 1941.
Florida will play Connecticut in the first semifinal game at 5:09 PM CT, followed by Wisconsin and Kentucky at 7:49 PM CT. Both games will be televised on TBS.
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