NCAA Tournament 2014 Schedule: Updated Bracket and Final Four Viewing Info

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NCAA Tournament 2014 Schedule: Updated Bracket and Final Four Viewing Info
Michael Conroy

The 2014 NCAA tournament has been intense, and after several rounds of fierce on-court battles, the matchups have been set for the Final Four.

Each Final Four game will take place on Saturday, April 5 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas—Florida will take on Connecticut, and Wisconsin will play Kentucky—and the excitement surrounding the potential national champions has everyone excited.

Here is the updated bracket information and the vital details needed to watch every second of NCAA tournament action. College basketball fans can’t afford to miss this.

 

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Full Schedule, TV and Live Stream Info
Date National Semifinals Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Sat, April 5 (7) Connecticut vs (1) Florida 6:09 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Sat, April 5 (8) Kentucky vs (2) Wisconsin 8:49 p.m. TBS March Madness Live
Date National Championship Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Mon, April 7 National Championship - TBD 9:10 p.m. CBS March Madness Live

Source: NCAA.com

 

Best Final Four Matchup: No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Kentucky

When the second-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (30-7, 12-6 Big Ten) go to battle against the eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (28-10, 12-6 SEC) in the second matchup of Saturday’s Final Four action, college basketball fans will enjoy an unheralded matchup.

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While few fans predicted this matchup, it will undoubtedly be an instant classic.

Kentucky has earned its way through the NCAA tournament, beating Kansas State, No. 1 seed Wichita State, defending national champion Louisville and No. 2 seed Michigan.

Regardless of how many freshmen are in the starting lineup or how much the team struggled to start the season, the Wildcats have earned their spot in the Final Four and are one of the hottest teams in the nation right now.

Many experts now believe Kentucky should be able to thwart Wisconsin’s dream run to the final four, including Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports, and the program’s success against the Wolverines in the Elite Eight proves just how good the team has been.

Wildcats head coach John Calipari talked to Dan Wolken of USA Today about how long it took his team to find a rhythm this season:

Every year it's a process. Some guys get it quicker than others. It took these guys a little longer, and it took me a little longer to figure them out. It's not all them. They were trying. Loving the grind, learning to work, becoming self-disciplined, counting on one another, all that stuff. When they all just settled in and lost themselves in the team, the game became easier.

Calipari knows the strength of his program and where it thrives, and Wisconsin will be in serious trouble against Kentucky. The Badgers are one of the most efficient offensive teams remaining in the tournament, and they are tenacious in the defensive zone, but the Wildcats have the size and physicality to attack the basket with success.

Wisconsin will need its best defensive effort on Saturday, as Kentucky has scored at least 74 points in each of its last three games. The offensive rhythm and effort level have never been better for the Wildcats, and the Badgers will struggle to meet their intensity .

If Kentucky plays hard through both halves, it has the raw talent and depth to hand Wisconsin a devastating loss in the Final Four.

Predicted Final Score: Kentucky 77, Wisconsin 70

 

*Stats via ESPN.com.

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