A raised level of anxiety, an increased amount of tension and a sense of overwhelming excitement are symptoms that most of us are experiencing right now. There's one reason for this phenomenon: The 2014 NCAA tournament's Final Four is upon us.
As Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Kentucky set to take the court on Saturday, all we can do is wait with bated breath.
The two victors of these contests will earn a trip to the coveted tournament finals, and there will be no shortage of breathtaking action on the way.
While we impatiently wait for these games to begin, let's take a look at the updated tournament bracket followed by some odds advice based on what the oddsmakers are currently projecting.
Updated Tournament Bracket
The complete 2014 NCAA tournament bracket can be found on CBSSports.com.
Updated Odds and Advice
|2014 NCAA Tournament Odds|
Florida remains the obvious favorite to go the distance. The Gators are one of the tournament's most well-rounded teams and use a combination of stout defensive play and a versatile offense to get the job done.
Taking a flier on Kentucky may be worth a shot at this point in time. The Wildcats feature a group of freshmen who have jelled tremendously throughout the tournament and are one of the most exciting teams to watch.
They can match up with anyone, and they have all the momentum necessary to go the distance.
|2014 NCAA Tournament Final Four Spreads|
|Florida vs. Connecticut||Florida -6.5||126|
|Wisconsin vs. Kentucky||Kentucky -1.5||139|
Florida is a 6.5-point favorite over a Connecticut team that defeated them in December. Shabazz Napier is on a roll, scoring at least 19 points in each of his four NCAA tournament contests. He's done it before against the Gators, and he could very well do it again.
Even if Florida does earn the victory, expect it to be closer than the current spread indicates.
It may come as a surprise that Kentucky is the favorite over the second-seeded Wisconsin Badgers; however, that's pretty accurate.
The Wildcats have been on a great run, defeating three of last year's Final Four teams in consecutive games. Even though they have had some close calls, they've also had the most difficult road to get to this point.
Kentucky should go on to the finals after defeating Wisconsin by more than the point spread.