March Madness: Here’s How the Final Four Stack Up
With the Final Four scheduled for this coming Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the remaining teams have prepared for what could be their last game of the season. These two games — No. 1 Florida faces off against No. 7 Connecticut at 6:09 p.m. Eastern, and second-seeded Wisconsin plays No. 8 Kentucky at 8:49 p.m. Eastern — have the components of what tend to make intriguing match-ups. Before the tournament started, Florida and Arizona were the top overall seeds, with Wichita State a close second. Now, only one of those teams remains.
Technically speaking, Kentucky and Connecticut are “Cinderellas” for advancing this far with their respective seeds. However, they are far too talented to fall into the same category as a George Mason or Virginia Commonwealth. Both the Huskies and the Wildcats have pieces that a true Cinderella lacks, and they both come out of an elite conference, not a mid-major. And Kentucky and Connecticut have one more thing in common: They had high expectations at the beginning of the year but then struggled at times during the season. While this led to their middling seeds, the fact that both have played their best in recent weeks is a promising sign.
As the two contests draw nearer, how the teams’ individual players will match up is an ever-debated topic, as well as how the coaches will strategize and plot against each other. Either way, come Saturday, the best four teams in the nation — if you don’t believe that, then at least the last four teams standing — will meet in Texas, and it should result in an exciting race to the finish. Here’s a short preview of each game, and what to look for and expect in these two semifinals.