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NCAA Tournament 2014: Updated Odds and Predictions for Final Four

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29: The Florida Gators huddle during a timeout against the Dayton Flyers during the south regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the FedExForum on March 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIApril 1, 2014

Be honest—how horrific does your bracket look right now?

It's alright. Everyone's pretty much in the same boat. After all, predicting Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Kentucky as this year's Final Four representatives just didn't seem plausible on Selection Sunday.

After so many twists and turns, the 2014 NCAA tournament has almost reached its conclusion. On April 5, these four teams will square off to determine who will advance to the coveted March Madness finals.

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Just like the rest of the tournament, the Final Four should be jam-packed with action, intensity and thrilling conclusions. As the games approach, let's take a look at the updated tournament odds and predict the outcomes of each contest.

 

Updated Odds

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30:  Shabazz Napier #13 and Ryan Boatright #11 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a play late in the game against the Michigan State Spartans during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison
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Florida is still the sexy pick to go the distance. Now that the teams comprising the Final Four are in place, the Gators' chances seem better than ever.

Kentucky is a great story and such a fun team to watch. Consisting of a plethora of freshman, the Wildcats continue to mature with each contest.

Wisconsin and Connecticut have the worst odds for a reason—each are underdogs this week. Both are playing teams riding big hot streaks and will have a tough time advancing from here. Bet with caution.

2014 NCAA Tournament Updated Odds
TeamOdds
Florida1-1
Kentucky5-2
Wisconsin7-2
UConn8-1
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Final Four Predictions

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 30:  Aaron Harrison #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates with teammate Julius Randle #30 after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 75 to 72 in the midwest regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil St
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2014 NCAA Tournament Final Four Picks
Team 1Team 2Pick
No. 1 FloridaNo. 7 ConnecticutFlorida
No. 2 WisconsinNo. 8 KentuckyKentucky
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions

Who would've thought that Florida would be playing Kentucky in the national championship?

Well, that's exactly what's about to happen.

Florida has been the most dominant team in the 2014 NCAA tournament. The Gators are an extremely well-rounded team. They are versatile on the offensive end and stout defensively.

Connecticut has been impressive—especially after beating a strong Michigan State team. Shabazz Napier continues to play some dazzling basketball.

The last time these teams met, the Huskies defeated the Gators on a buzzer-beater by Napier. Expect Florida to be out for revenge and get the win this time around.

There's no denying how incredible of a run the Wildcats have made this year. They just defeated three Final Four teams from the previous season in consecutive games. That's impressive.

Wisconsin got off to a hot start this year, defeating teams in decisive fashion. The Badgers nearly met their match against Arizona in the Elite Eight, but squeezed out a one-point victory.

Although Wisconsin is a strong team, slowing down the Wildcats will be a daunting task. Expect Kentucky's young lineup to continue to show its rapid maturation and come away with yet another huge win.

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