NCAA tournament guide: Your one-stop shop for the Final Four
April 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
The 68 teams in the NCAA tournament have been shredded down to four and now we wait in anticipation for one of the best weekends in all of sports.
USA TODAY Sports & For The Win provide a one-stop shop for the Final Four with all the analysis and insight you’ll need to take in the finale to the Big Dance. First off, since your bracket was likely busted following a plethora of stunning upsets, take solace in seeing President Obama’s bracket, four NBA all-stars’ brackets and the wrong pick of these ESPN experts. Also, cheer up. You’re not as sad as these guys.
Next up, to catch up on a memorable tournament, here’s a look at the best moments so far. Additionally, here’s a look back on how every team has fared. And here are the tournament’s best performers so far.
Now to the Final Four. Chris Chase breaks down 11 amazing facts about 2014′s Final Four. Nicole Auerbach dissects the Final Four matchups and determines which teams have the edge. Thomas O’Toole provides a glimpse at how the seeding of the four teams compares to previous years. And here are the 10 most pivotal players in the Final Four.
Matchup breakdown: Everything you need to know about Florida vs. UConn | Wisconsin vs. Kentucky
Video Analysis: Nicole Auerbach pinpoints one player on each Final Four team who could lead the way to a title. And here’s a look at all the video breakdowns from our team of reporters, including a look at those who have something to prove.
Florida’s Corner: Here are 10 reasons Florida is so unstoppable. Eric Prisbell takes a look at how Florida looks primed for a title run thanks to coach Billy Donovan. The Gators’ 30 consecutive wins came after a rough start. And this Florida team still is vulnerable. Here’s a look at some weaknesses.
UConn’s Corner: Auerbach spoke to coach Jim Calhoun, who compared Shabazz Napier to Richard Hamilton and Ray Allen. And Tim Casey of Sports on Earth highlights the influence that mothers had on Napier and former UConn star guard Kemba Walker.
Wisconsin’s Corner: Here are five reasons the Badgers can win it all. George Schroeder writes about coach Bo Ryan’s journey that led him from the Division III Final Four at Wisconsin-Platteville to now where he’s led the Badgers to the elite stage in Arlington.
Kentucky’s Corner: Nancy Armour says it’s toughness, not the talent of a decorated freshman class that got the Wildcats to the Final Four. Kentucky, a No. 8 seed, matured and hit their stride at the absolute best time. Kyle Tucker has a pre-Final Four Q&A with coach John Calipari. Julius Randle had the Final Four in Dallas circled since junior high. And here is why UK is ‘not satisfied’ with the Final Four by any stretch.
The Big Lead: Bo Ryan and John Calipari are exquisite foils.
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