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Final Four 2014 Predictions: Updated Bracket and Expert Picks

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 Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIOctober 30, 2016

It's been a long and arduous road for the teams comprising the 2014 NCAA tournament's Final Four. The end is in sight for each, and one more decisive victory will guarantee a spot in the finals.

This year marks a great deal of variety, as each remaining team is vastly different from one another. Florida continues its dominant defensive play, Wisconsin thrives on steady fundamentals, Connecticut features a high-octane offense and Kentucky has a group of freshmen maturing with each contest.

The tournament has been highly unpredictable to this point, and more of the same should be expected during this year's two Final Four matchups. Let's take a look at an updated tournament bracket, and see what experts from around the web are saying about these contests.

 

Updated Bracket

The complete 2014 NCAA tournament bracket can be found on CBSSports.com.

 

Expert Picks

So, what are the experts saying about the Final Four. Who will move on to the finals? Why is one team favored over another? What are the X-factors for each contest? All of these questions and more are answered by the college hoops gurus from around the web.

 

ESPN Roundtable

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 29: Casey Prather #24 of the Florida Gators runs onto the court after defeating the Dayton Flyers 62-52 in the south regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the FedExForum on March 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Rece Davis, Jay Williams, Seth Greenberg, Jay Bilas and Dick Vitale debate which teams will advance to the finals in this video:

 

Pick Consensus

  • Florida: 3
  • Connecticut: 1
  • Wisconsin: 1
  • Kentucky: 3

 

Bobby Gonzalez of SheridanHoops.com

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 30:  Aaron Harrison #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates with teammates Julius Randle #30 and Dakari Johnson #44 after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 75 to 72 in the midwest regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball To
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Gonzalez is certainly on a hot streak predicting the outcomes of tournament games. After picking all eight Sweet 16 winners correctly, he's at it again to predict the Final Four.

Here's what Gonzalez thinks of this year's Final Four matchups, according to his article on SheridanHoops.com:

I'm predicting Florida will beat UConn in a revenge game from their last loss that preceded this 30-game win streak, and then in the other semifinal, although all coaches including myself are happy for an old school great coach like Bo Ryan (a coach I've done some clinics with who I have the utmost respect for, especially having spent time coaching at the Division 3 level), I still have the great coach John Calipari and this year's version of the Fab 5 getting past Wisconsin to set up a fourth head-to-head game and an all-SEC final with the Gators.

 

Picks: Florida and Kentucky

 

Bleacher Report Roundtable

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 29:  Josh Gasser #21 and Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after defeating the Arizona Wildcats 64-63 in overtime during the West Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center on Ma
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Bleacher Report's own college hoops experts recently shared their thoughts regarding this year's Final Four. Jason King, Kerry Miller and C.J. Moore make their picks and give full analysis here.

Florida gets a unanimous decision to reach the finals. C.J. Moore explains his thoughts:

Every advantage Connecticut has had in the tournament will be negated by Florida's defense. It's almost impossible to stop Napier entirely, but Wilbekin has as good a chance as any. Daniels has had a great tournament, but Florida's 4 men match up well with him.

The Gators have better all-around talent, better experience and Donovan has never lost a national semifinal. He'll be 4-0 in those games after Saturday.

The experts are split when it comes to Kentucky against Wisconsin. Here's Kerry Miller's reasoning for selecting the Badgers:

As long as Wisconsin can keep Kentucky off the free-throw linethe Wildcats attempted just 11 freebies against Michigan as compared to a season average of 30.1 per gamethe Badgers will play good enough defense and prevent enough offensive rebounds to advance to the national title game.

 

Pick Consensus

  • Florida: 3
  • Connecticut: 0
  • Wisconsin: 1
  • Kentucky: 2

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