Here we go.
It's been a long, arduous road, but the Final Four is finally upon us. Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Kentucky will duke it out on the court on Saturday to determine which two teams will advance to the coveted finals.
The stage is set for what should be the most action-packed, awe-inspiring basketball we have seen to this point.
Drop everything, find a TV or computer, grab your popcorn, and be thoroughly entertained by a star-studded cast in the 2014 NCAA tournament's Final Four.
To ensure that you don't miss a minute of the action, let's break down the full schedule and viewing information, followed by predictions for both matchups for good measure.
Final Four Schedule
|2014 NCAA Tournament Final Four Schdule|
|Date||Time (ET)||Matchup||TV Info|
|Sat., April 5||6:09 p.m.||No. 1 Florida vs. No. 7 Connecticut||TBS|
|Sat., April 5||8:49 p.m.||No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Kentucky||TBS|
All of the Final Four action can be live streamed on NCAA.com.
Final Four Predictions
|2014 NCAA Tournament Final Four Predictions|
|Team 1||Team 2||Pick|
|No. 1 Florida||No. 7 Connecticut||Florida|
|No. 2 Wisconsin||No. 8 Kentucky||Kentucky|
|Sean O'Donnell's Predictions|
That's right. We have an all-SEC final.
Yes, Connecticut matches up nicely against Florida. After all, Shabazz Napier and Co. were one of just two teams to defeat the Gators earlier this season. How did they do it? On a Napier buzzer-beater:
Since that contest, Florida has only improved as a team. Scottie Wilbekin has come into his own as a leader and conductor of the team's on-court actions.
The Gators have multiple ways of earning a victory. The team's big men dominate the glass on both ends of the court. Florida's perimeter shooting has been stellar of late. Defensively, this team remains one of the best in the nation.
Florida is simply a very well-rounded squad.
The same can be said for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Five freshmen lead the way here, and this is a very different team from earlier in the season.
Throughout the 2014 NCAA tournament, we've seen this group of young players mature right before our very eyes. They have jelled as a unit and have created an extremely high level of chemistry.
Like the Gators, the Wildcats' versatility is what makes them so special.
Julius Randle and Co. are so very dominant down low. This team out-rebounds everyone on both ends of the court. It is extremely aggressive with the ball in hand as well, driving to the glass and putting up big numbers in the paint.
It's the same story from behind the arc, as Aaron Harrison has shown his ability to drop buckets from all over the court.
Wisconsin is a great team; however, it has been solely relying on the skill set of Frank Kaminsky to win games lately. The Badgers simply aren't deep enough to contain all of the Wildcats' budding stars.
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