NCAA Tournament 2014: 15 Bold Predictions for the Final Four

15 Bold Predictions for the Final Four

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Wisconsin. Florida. Kentucky. Connecticut. Those are the last four teams standing in the 2014 NCAA tournament. All four could win the title. Before they hit the court this weekend, let’s take a look at 15 bold predictions for the Final Four.

Keep in mind that not every single prediction has to be correct. Bold predictions aren’t always correct. Some may contradict others a little bit. Well, on to those predictions.

Julius Randle Will Score 20, Rebound 10

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Julius Randle Will Score 20, Rebound 10

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Frank Kaminsky is a mismatch nightmare, but I still think Julius Randle is the biggest mismatch in the Kentucky-Wisconsin game. So, expect him to score 20 or more and rebound 10 or more.

Frank Kaminsky Will Be Held to Under 15 Points

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Frank Kaminsky Will Be Held to Under 15 Points

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Kaminsky just got done dropping 28 points against the Arizona Wildcats. He is more than capable of doing the same against Kentucky, but that will not be the case. The Wildcats have a very big lineup and will hold Kaminsky to under 15 points.

Sam Dekker Will Go Off

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Sam Dekker Will Go Off

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I have probably said this one too many times, but it is finally going to happen. Hopefully. Sam Dekker is averaging under 10 points per game in the tournament and it is about time he has a big game. That big game will come in the Final Four.

Aaron Harrison Will Come Up Clutch Again

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Aaron Harrison Will Come Up Clutch Again

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Aaron Harrison made the biggest three of his life against Michigan. Hitting the game-winning shot in the Elite Eight is pretty big. I’m not saying he will make the game-winning shot again, but he will come up clutch down the stretch.

Florida Will Win By Double Digits

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Florida Will Win By Double Digits

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Florida is the overall No. 1 seed for a reason. The Gators have won 30 games in a row. Their last loss came against Connecticut, so you can bet that they will be going all out right away against the Huskies in the Final Four.

Their defense is way too good and they will end up beating Connecticut by double digits.

Michael Frazier II Will Sink 5+ Threes

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Michael Frazier II Will Sink 5+ Threes

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Michael Frazier II is the best three-point shooter on Florida and he will hit five or more against the Huskies. He has made 117 threes on the year.

Scottie Wilbekin Will Drop 25+ Points

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Scottie Wilbekin Will Drop 25+ Points

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Scottie Wilbekin seems to get better every single game. He has been clutch and a great defender all season long, but his offensive game has really come along in the NCAA tournament. He scored 23 points last game, but I am predicting him to be even better against Connecticut.

Shabazz Napier Will Score Under 20

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Shabazz Napier Will Score Under 20

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Scottie Wilbekin is one of the best defenders in college basketball and he will have the tough task of trying to guard Shabazz Napier. Napier has only scored under 20 points once in the tournament, but that will happen once again against Florida.

The Gators’ defense is legit and Wilbekin really is that good.

One of the Games Will Be a Buzzer Beater

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One of the Games Will Be a Buzzer Beater

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Like I said in the intro slide, just because I predict one thing to happen, it doesn’t mean everything has to happen. With that said, one of the Final Four games will end in a buzzer beater.

Sure, I predicted Florida to beat Connecticut, but Shabazz Napier did beat Florida in buzzer beater fashion once already this season. It could happen again.

Kentucky Will Upset Wisconsin

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Kentucky Will Upset Wisconsin

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Kentucky entered the season as the No. 1 team in college hoops. Sure, it is a No. 8 seed, but it is playing great basketball right now. With that in mind, I am predicting the Wildcats to knock off Wisconsin, which is technically an upset according to the seeds.

Ryan Boatright Will Have His Best Game of the Dance

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Ryan Boatright Will Have His Best Game of the Dance

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Shabazz Napier is the best player left in the tournament, but he can’t beat the Gators alone. That is where Ryan Boatright comes in. Win or lose, he is going to have his best game of the dance against Florida.

The Wildcats Will Look Like the Best Team

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The Wildcats Will Look Like the Best Team

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Kentucky has the most talented team in the tournament and it is playing great basketball right now. The Wildcats will not only beat Wisconsin, but they will look like the best team in the process.

Chris Walker Will Show Off His Talent

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Chris Walker Will Show Off His Talent

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Chris Walker doesn’t exactly get the most playing time on Florida. Who knows how much playing time he will get in the Final Four -- probably not a lot unless if players are in foul trouble or if there is an injury -- but expect the freshman to show off his talent in a big way regardless.

Marcus Lee Will Have Us Wondering (again) Why He Hasn't Played Much

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Marcus Lee Will Have Us Wondering (again) Why He Hasn't Played Much

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Marcus Lee exploded in the Elite Eight matchup against Michigan. He averaged 2.4 points per game and 1.5 rebounds per game during the season, but managed to score 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds last game.

Once again, Lee will have us wondering why he didn’t play much during the season.

There Will Be a Rematch in the Title Game

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There Will Be a Rematch in the Title Game

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This one isn’t necessarily that bold, but Florida will have to win. It has already played Wisconsin and Kentucky this season. Expect a rematch in the title game.

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