Today’s Match Up of the Day is the first of the two Final Four games. The number one seeded Florida Gators vs the number seven seeded Connecticut Huskies. The Florida Gators are the number one overall seeded team in the tournament, they were expected to be here, but no one had thought that UConn would be at the point they are now. Before the start or the tournament the Huskies had a 0.08% chance of winning making it to the Final Four well, they made it and they have a chance to go to the National Championship. Who will win the Big Bad Gators or the Hot Streaking Huskies?
The Florida Gators have been favored to win every single game in the tournament so far and everybody is picking them to win but UConn is no slouch. The key for the Gators is senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin. Wilbekin has been almost perfect this NCAA tournament, he has only turned the ball over two times. Wilbekin is an offensive weapon but he has to step up on defense today. Wilbekin is a fantastic defender but he has to have have a great defensive game to contain UConn’s superstar Shabazz Napier. Wilbekin has to shut down Napier because if he doesn’t the Gators may have a long night. The last team to beat Florida was UConn earlier in the year. It was an instant classic, Napier missed a floater badly but luckily for UConn it bounced right back in his hands and Napier hit a mid range jumper for the win at the buzzer leading the Huskies to a victory. The Gators still have the bitter taste in their mouth from that loss and Billy Donovan should use that as motivation.
The UConn Huskies are the hottest team in the country and their success in the tournament is mostly thanks to their senior point guard Kemba Walker I mean Shabazz Napier. Napier has been the best player in this entire NCAA tournament and he has also been leading his Huskies to upset after upset. Napier is going to see all or the traps and double teams that the Gators will throw at him. Napier will have to have some help to ease the defense off him and that is why DeAndre Daniels is the X-Factor for the Huskies. Daniels had the game of his life in the Sweet Sixteen against Iowa State. Daniels shoots lasers from the the 3-point line and he has to have a good game to help out Napier. Ryan Boatright is the most explosive player on this Huskies team and he has to bring energy on the defensive end for Kevin Ollie and his UConn team.
I believe that DeAndre Daniels will have a fantastic game and he will allow Napier to go off and the UConn Huskies will be marching on to the National Championship. UConn 71 Florida 70
Kentucky 75 Wisconsin 68