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
Todays match up of the day is the number one seeded Florida Gators v the number eleven seeded Dayton Flyers. It’s the Powerhouse vs the Cinderella, Florida vs Dayton.
1 Florida’s Keys:
The Florida Gators are the best team in the country and they have been dominating every team they have played in the tournament. The key to a Gators Victory is their transition defense. The Bruins exposed the Gators weak transition D in their last game vs UCLA. The Flyers really know how to run a fast break so Florida’s guards have to play well on defense to contain the Flyer’s dynamic duo Jordan Sibert on Dyshawn Pierre. Patric Young has to take advantage of his size and be a bully in the paint. The Gators are heavily favored and if they lose they will always be known as the team who didn’t get to the Final Four.
The Dayton Flyers have tried on the glass slipper and found out that it fits. The Flyers are the biggest story in this tournament and they have been playing sensational basketball. They need to control the tempo and speed the game up into full court run and gun basketball. PG Jordan Sibert has to have a huge impact for the Flyers and he has to contain All-American guard Scottie Wilbekin if they want a chance to advance to the Final Four.
I believe that the Gators Elite Eight loosing streak will continue and the Dayton Flyers will hop on that magical carriage for a trip to the final four. Dayton 64 Florida 62
Other prediction for today: Arizona 76 Wisconsin 69
Todays Match Up of the Day is the number one seeded Florida Gators vs the number four seeded UCLA Bruins. This is a classic old school powerhouse game of basketball. Two of the most storied programs will face each other for a chance to advance to the Elite Eight.
The Gators are the number one overall seeded team and arguably the best team in the country. Coach Billy Donovan really has his Gators believing. Scottie Wilbekin is Florida’s star and he is their key to victory. Wilbekin is a fantastic offensive player but where he is most needed is on the defensive side of the ball. Wilbekin is a great on-ball defender and he never lets anyone drive past him. Michael Frazier III has to have a good game shooting the three ball. When Frazier is hot there aren’t many people better shooting the three. Frazier is still very young but as he develops he reminds me of a Ray Allen or Reggie Miller, that’s how good he is at three’s. Donovan is coaching one of the best teams and he better have the Gators playing up to snuff so they don’t disappoint and reek havoc on most people’s brackets.
UCLA Bruins are coming off a fantastic performance vs Cinderella story Stephen F. Austin. The Bruins shattered the Lumberjack’s glass slipper and sent them home crushed. This time the Bruins are going to have to play the underdog role. Small Forward Jordan Adams has to be on the money tonight. Last year Adams went out in the Pac 12 tourney with a broken foot, which was a huge killer for UCLA and it was a main reason their NCAA Tourney trip was quit short. This year Adams is back and he came up big in the Pac 12 Tournament by hitting the game winning shot vs Arizona. Adams has to put on a clinic if his team even wants a chance against this great Florida team.
Prediction: UCLA has had a great run but they are very young and inexperienced and Florida is a Senior driven team. Florida 75 UCLA 73