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2014 Final Four Recap: The surprises keep coming
By Reel Robinson

The Final Four weekend is one of the best experiences of the year and the games on Saturday added to that already impressive reputation. The four teams left dancing prepared to leave it all out on the court in hopes of playing Monday on the grandest scale for a college basketball player. UConn took on the highly favored Florida Gators and put on one of their best performances of the year. Kentucky then took on a hungry Wisconsin team that seemed poised for a run to the National Title game. After all the dust cleared and the crowds dissipated, there were two teams left standing and two teams forced to head back to their respective cities empty handed.

The first game on Saturday was between the overall No. 1 seed Gators who were by far the favorite to win the whole tournament at the start of the tournament a few weeks back and that seemed to be the case as the game tipped off. Florida started the game looking like their defense would be way too much for the smaller Huskie team. Holding the sharp-shooting UConn team to four points until the nine-minute mark, it looked as if Florida would pull away early. After a time out by UConn coach Kevin Ollie, and a massive in-game adjustment by going to a smaller lineup, the Huskies turn the tables on the No. 1 seed basically dominating the game from that point foward.Shabazz Napier

UConn played some of the stingiest defense of the tournament. Keeping Scottie Wilbekin under clamps the entire second half and forcing him into bad shots and turnovers in his last collegiate game. I knew the game would come down to the matchup between Napier and Wilbekin but I didn't expect them to frustrate him to the point his presence had no effect. Deandre Daniels was the key factor in the game for the Huskies, a team that struggles to rebound.  He came down with 10 boards and scored another 20 points to lead the way. Florida doubled Napier every chance they got, slowing him down, but his play making ability showed as he found open teammates for big shots time after time. Ryan Boatright played well leading the team with his in your face defense on Wilbekin, disrupting passing lanes and making big shot after big shot. UConn advanced to the National Championship Monday with a 63-53 win over the SEC powerhouse.

In the second game of the night, the Kentucky Wildcats took on the Big Ten Wisconsin Badgers in another thriller. Kentucky, who has played some of the most exciting games in the tournament, decided to give us one more last night. Wisconsin fought the bigger Kentucky team down to the wire taking a two-point lead with 11 seconds left off of big free throws. Kentucky freshmen played like seasoned vets once again ending with another Aaron Harrison three-point basket as time dwindled down, leaving Wisconsin with a game-winning heave that bounced off the rim, lifting the Wildcats to a 74-73 victory and pushing them to the title game to face Connecticut.

Kentucky Freshman All-American Julius Randle had 16 points and five rebounds, helping his team dominate the backboard once again. Rebounds have been the calling card for this Kentucky run and it is what allowed them to come back when they got down early. They also held big man Frank Kaminsky to a meager performance, but Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker kept them in it with a strong performance. The Badgers shouldn't be too disappointed because they played a great game. The talent and clutch performance from the young Kentucky team shined once again. The route Kentucky has taken to get to the title game is impressive to say the least. Now they have to close the deal against a strong UConn team. I will go into more detail about that matchup later.

What did you think about the Final Four games? Did they meet your expectations? Leave a comment and let me know.

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