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NCAA Basketball March Madness

2014 NCAA Tournament: 5 Players Who Must Step Up During the Final Four

5 Players Who Need To Step Up In the Final Four

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The Final Four has been decided! On Saturday, Apr. 5, Florida will play UCONN at 6:09 P.M., and Wisconsin will take on Kentucky. Florida has senior leadership and is the No. 1 overall seed. UCONN is as hot as Kate Upton right now. Wisconsin passes the basketball better than anyone and plays really good defense. Kentucky’s young team is meshing at exactly the right time.

Who are the players who need to step up in the Final Four? Let's find out!

5. Marcus Lee

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5. Marcus Lee

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Marcus Lee was instrumental in Kentucky’s win over Michigan in the Elite Eight, contributing 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench. When Lee was in the game, it seemed he was always around the rim for a put back. Can Lee contribute on Saturday against Wisconsin in the same way?

4. Frank Kaminsky and Julius Randle

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4. Frank Kaminsky and Julius Randle

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Both Frank Kaminksy (Wisconsin) and Julius Randle (Kentucky) are ready for the NBA, and they will be locked in what should be an entertaining battle. Both have height, but Randle prefers playing down low in the paint, and Kaminsky plays more out on the perimeter. The player who has the bigger game on Saturday may just lead his team to the championship game.

3. Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright

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3. Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright

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Scottie Wilbekin gives Florida great guard play, but UCONN having Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright gives the Huskies a big advantage in the backcourt. Napier (the best player in the tournament so far) needs to continue to have ice in his veins, and Boatright needs to continue to produce as he has throughout the tournament. Guard play wins this time of year, and if Napier and Boatright show up, UCONN has the advantage.

2. Will Yeguete, Casey Prather and Patric Young

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2. Will Yeguete, Casey Prather and Patric Young

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UCONN has the advantage in the backcourt, so if Florida wants to advance, it is vital that the Gator’s frontcourt comes to play. Will it be Will Yeguete, Casey Prather, Patric Young or some combination stepping up to answer the bell? Someone in the Gator’s frontcourt will need to.

1. Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and James Young

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1. Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and James Young

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The Harrison twins and James Young give Kentucky a more athletic backcourt than Wisconsin (Ben Trust, Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson), but does anyone pass the ball like Wisconsin? Does anyone play smarter basketball than Wisconsin? Not so far in the NCAA Tournament. The Kentucky backcourt will need to utilize their athleticism and limit the turnovers if they want to win.