Home Court: Final Four preview


Many brackets surely imploded with this far-from-chalk Final Four. No. 7 seed Connecticut and No. 8 seed Kentucky make it the second time since the 2011 Final Four that two teams seeded outside of the top five reached the NCAA tournament's final weekend. Butler, as a No. 8 seed, and Virginia Commonwealth, as a No. 11 seed, made improbable runs that season.

The Huskies and Wildcats may be underdogs because of their seeding, but they're far from Cinderellas.

Connecticut is riding Shabazz Napier, who was a contributor on its 2010 national championship team. Kentucky is finally living up to its potential of having arguably the most talented freshman class in history. The Wildcats' tournament run, despite their stumbles through the seasons, is seemingly validating coach John Calipari's approach to filling his roster with one-and-done talents.

Both teams will have to deal with Florida and Wisconsin, both far-from-surprising entrants into the Final Four. The Gators are playing like the overall No. 1 seed of the NCAA tournament. The Badgers, the No. 2 seed in the West Region, still haven't lost to an opponent outside of the Big Ten this season.

Florida has played every team remaining. The Gators lost to both Connecticut and Wisconsin during non-conference play when they weren't at full strength and beat Kentucky three times during SEC play including in the tournament championship game.

Buckle up, folks, the Final Four should be entertaining and compelling.

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