One of the more unpredictable and exciting NCAA tournaments in men’s Division I college basketball history has yielded an interesting Final Four with several interesting storylines.
GATORS MIGHT AVENGE THEIR ONLY TWO LOSSES
While the Connecticut Huskies (the seventh seed out of the East Region) and Kentucky Wildcats (the Midwest Region’s eight seed) are surprise entries in the national semifinals, and not many believed that the Wisconsin Badgers could join them (even though they were the second seed in the West Region), the tournament’s top seed — the Florida Gators — were the expected choice to reach Arlington, Texas out of the South Region.
And they arrive there with a 30-game winning streak, to meet UConn. The irony is that Florida’s last defeat came in Connecticut, 65-64, on December 2, courtesy of a game-winning buzzer-beater from star guard Shabaaz Napier, as fellow star point guard Scottie Wilbekin was relegated to the role of a spectator over the final three minutes after injuring his ankle.
The Gators’ other loss ironically came in a six-point game at Wisconsin, on November 12, without the services of Wilbekin, who was suspended for Florida’s first five games of the season.
So, it’s quite conceivable that the Gators could cut the nets down on Monday night while not only winning 38 times this year, but while also beating every team they played at least once this season.