2014 NCAA Men's Final Four

March Madness 2014: Updated Bracket and Hottest Players Remaining in Big Dance

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 23:  Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates after defeating the Wichita State Shockers 78 to 76 during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 23, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IMarch 31, 2014

The most well-known names in college basketballJabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Doug McDermott—are now watching March Madness 2014 from their schools.

The teams remaining—Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Kentucky—are in the Final Four because they have players who outplayed the nation's most well-known.

Here are those players, as well as an updated bracket.

2014 Final Four Schedule
DateTime (ET)TeamTeamTV
Saturday, April 56:09 p.m.FloridaUConnTBS
Saturday, April 58:49 p.m.WisconsinKentuckyTBS
ESPN

 

4. G Scottie Wilbekin, Florida

Forward Casey Prather is leading the Gators in scoring this season with 13.8 points per game. He hasn't maintained that scoring rate in the NCAA tournament, averaging just 8.7 points over the last three games. Such a statistical nose dive by a leading scorer typically cripples a team.

But thanks to Wilbekin, Florida's second-leading scorer this season, it's still soaring. Wilbekin has risen his year-long points-per-game average from 13.4 to 19.0 over the past three games. He's done so efficiently as well, shooting 40.0 percent from downtown and, according to ESPN Stats & Info, dramatically reducing his turnovers:

Florida is so deep it doesn't need a go-to scorer. So if Wilbekin stays hot, it'll be nearly impossible to knock off.

 

3. F Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 29:  Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after making a three-pointer in the second half while taking on the Arizona Wildcats during the West Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Honda C
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At 7'0", Kaminsky has the length to impose his will on opposing defenses. He's done just that over the past three games.

Throughout the season, the junior has averaged a solid, but far from jaw-dropping 14.1 points per game. Since the third round of the NCAA tournament, he's averaged 22.0 points per game. That includes his 28-point effort facing Arizona. Yahoo! Sports' Brad Evans tweeted this about how much Wisconsin relies on Kaminsky before the game:

Kaminsky will be forced to fend off a fellow 7-footer in Willie Cauley-Stein in the Final Four, if the Kentucky center recovers from his ankle injury.

 

2. F Julius Randle, Kentucky

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 16:  Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives against Casey Prather #24 of the Florida Gators in the first half during the Championship game of the 2014 Men's SEC Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 16, 2014 in Atla
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Randle is only 19 years old, but he's quickly become one of the best leaders in college basketball. He's carried eighth-seeded Kentucky to an improbable Final Four berth with four straight double-doubles—four historic double-doubles at that, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

Averaging 15.8 points per game, Randle isn't scoring as much as other players on this list. However, no one is scoring and boarding at a better rate. He's also averaging 12.0 rebounds per game in the Big Dance.

If Randle leads the Wildcats to a title, his name will demand top-three NBA draft consideration.

 

1. G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28:  Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after hitting a three pointer in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Gar
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The 6'1", 180-pound Napier is receiving minimal NBA hype due to a lack of size. A lack of size hasn't stopped him from taking over the NCAA tournament.

Napier has averaged 23.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game since the Big Dance began. He's willed UConn to the Final Four as single-handedly as it gets. Ask SportsCenter:

Kemba Walker led Connecticut to a title. Napier proved he at least has the ability to this March.

 

David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.

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