If you haven't enjoyed this year's NCAA tournament, either your favorite team has been eliminated or you just don't like it when March Madness is...well, mad.
Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Syracuse are all long gone. With them left most of the most ballyhooed NBA prospects.
Still, there are a good number of storylines and interesting prospects to watch.
Kentucky was as highly touted as any team in the nation early in the season. In fact, the Wildcats were the preseason No. 1 team. Armed with the nation's top recruiting class, Kentucky was expected to be one of the best teams in the nation.
It didn't exactly work that way at first.
Once the postseason began, the young team seemed to suddenly come together. Since the postseason began, Kentucky is 6-1 with its only loss a one-point setback to the nation's No. 1 team, Florida, in the SEC tournament championship game.
How much have the Wildcats grown in the postseason? Take a look at this fact from ESPN Stats and Info. Kentucky is the lowest seed in the Final Four, but it is the most dangerous.
Kentucky is 3-0 in games decided by 5 pts or fewer in NCAA Tournament. Wildcats were 2-8 in those games before Selection Sunday.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 4, 2014
That's a heck of a combination.
It will face Wisconsin in one of the national semifinals, and Florida will battle UConn in the other. Here's how you can watch the action.
|Date||Matchup||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|
|Mon, April 7||Semifinal Winners||9:10 p.m.||CBS||March Madness Live|
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UConn's Dynamic Duo
Shabazz Napier has been the best player in this year's tournament, but he's not a one-man show, with fellow upperclassmen Ryan Boatright providing the Huskies with a fantastic backcourt tandem that few schools can match.
Nicole Auerbach of USA Today talked to Boatright about the pair's relationship and synergy on court.
"It took a little bit of time for us to start clicking, jelling, like we are now," Boatright said. "It started really coming around last year."
Last season, while the Huskies were banned from the NCAA tournament, Boatright and Napier moved in together, along with two other teammates. They learned about each other's tough upbringings, and what made each other tick off the court. Napier is a big fan of the show River Monsters on the Discovery Channel, so the duo went fishing once.
"He's pretty good, actually," Boatright said. "He watches it every day. Discovery Channel. What's the guy's name? Jeremy Wade."
Their all-around play has been the biggest reason for UConn's success. They give Kevin Ollie's squad a veteran presence with loads of talent, and the kind of ice in the veins that defines clutch performances come March.
Ultimately, the pair will need help from the front court, but they definitely have the skills to make things very interesting in Dallas.
Florida's physical toughness and senior leadership from Patric Young and Scottie Wilbekin will make for a difficult but exciting matchup.
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