Ranking the Final Four teams
With plenty of time to dissect matchups and key players, let's take a quick look at how the four Final Four teams stack up.
It started with 68. Then dropped to 16. And now we have four. The Final Four. After an unbelievable set of regional finals, four teams will head to Dallas – while also giving us six days to recover from what has been a fantastic two weeks of NCAA Tournament action. We will have plenty of time to dissect the matchups and keys for each game, but for now, let’s just take a quick look at how the teams stack up.
The Gators have been considered the best team in the country for a couple of months now, and that won’t change heading into the Final Four. Florida hasn’t completely dominated its opponents in the NCAA Tournament, but the Gators are suffocating defensively and have been relatively comfortable in all four of their wins. They will be the favorite when things resume in North Texas in six days. Is Billy Donovan headed for his third title?
There’s a case to be made for Wisconsin being in this spot, but I ranked Kentucky above Wisconsin in both my pre-tournament rankings and my pre-Sweet 16 rankings – and nothing has really changed. The Wildcats have gone through a brutal stretch of opponents, beating No. 1 seed Wichita State, No. 4 seed Louisville and No. 2 seed Michigan in three of the best NCAA Tournament games we will see this season.
Despite coming off a win over top-seeded Arizona, the Badgers will be underdogs in their regional final against Kentucky. With that said, Wisconsin has been one of the most impressive teams in the tournament thus far. Frank Kaminsky has emerged as a matchup nightmare for opponents, and he carried Wisconsin offensively against Arizona. Bo Ryan is in his first Final Four as a head coach, and they have the potential to win it all.
The Huskies have been underdogs in each of their last three games, so being ranked last among the national semifinalists will be no issue for them. Moreover, they have the best player left in the tournament in Shabazz Napier. He’s averaging better than 23 points in the last four games, and is clearly good enough to channel Kemba Walker and carry UConn to a title. The supporting cast and inside players will be the biggest factors.
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