2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 1 Florida vs. No. 7 Connecticut
I am sure many people expected Florida to play Michigan State in the Final Four, but the Connecticut Huskies clearly had different plans. Connecticut knocked off the Spartans behind Shabazz Napier‘s 25 points.
In case if you don’t remember, the Gators and the Huskies played each other way back in December. Connecticut won that game thanks to a buzzer beater by Napier. That was the last game Florida lost.
What to Watch For
Shabazz Napier has been awesome this tournament. He has been the best player. The lowest amount of points he scored in the dance was 19 against Iowa State. He is the leader of the Huskies and he has been clutch all season long.
As for Florida, it really depends on who is having a good day. Michael Frazier II is capable of leading this team to victory with his three-point shooting abilities, Patric Young is a beast in the post at times and Casey Prather was the leading scorer this season.
However, most people will focus on Scottie Wilbekin. That is completely understandable since he has been the MVP for the Gators this tournament. Like Napier, he comes up clutch all of the time. My guess is that Wilbekin — one of the best defenders in college hoops — will have to cover Napier in this Final Four matchup. That will be awesome to see.
Florida wins. As good as Napier is, he has to cool off at some point. Well, maybe. Regardless, Florida has a very stingy defense, it is the most complete team in the nation and it has way too many weapons for the Huskies to handle.
Florida 70 Connecticut 60