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NCAA Tournament 2014: 2 Key Players for Each Team in the Final Four

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2 Key Players for Each Team in the Final Four

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The Final Four is just a day away. Before the biggest weekend in college basketball tips off, let’s take a look at two key players for each team. If all of these players step up, we are in for a real treat for the final weekend of the 2014 NCAA tournament. There are clearly other players who could step up. Kentucky does have NBA talent up and down its roster and Florida is the most complete team in the sport.

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

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Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

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This one is a no-brainer. Shabazz Napier is the best player left in the tournament. If he doesn’t score at least 15 points -- averaging 23.3 PPG in the dance -- I doubt the Huskies will be able to score enough to beat the Gators.

DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut

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DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut

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DeAndre Daniels was the second leading scorer during the regular season. He had a huge game against Iowa State. If it wasn’t for his 27 points, who knows if Connecticut would have been able to beat the Cyclones.

The Huskies may have a strong backcourt, but Daniels has to step up in the frontcourt.

Scottie Wilbekin, Florida

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Scottie Wilbekin, Florida

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Scottie Wilbekin doesn’t necessarily have to score 20 points for Florida to win, but he does have to play great defense on Napier. Wilbekin has been the anchor for the Gators this tournament and that probably won’t change against the Huskies.

Patric Young, Florida

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Patric Young, Florida

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Patric Young is a great defender, but a good performance in the offensive department will make life on his team that much easier. Young doesn’t always blow teams away with his offensive game, but he can be a very reliable scorer at times.

Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

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Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

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I think Sam Dekker has to have a big game if Wisconsin is going to advance to the championship. He has the talent to be the best player on the court. The main focus will be on Frank Kaminsky, so Dekker is going to have to take some pressure off of him by sinking some threes and having a good game in the scoring department in general.

Another seven-point outing out of the 6-foot-8 forward is not going to get the job done.

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

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Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

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Frank Kaminsky, the mismatch nightmare of the Final Four. His 28-point outing against Arizona has put the national spotlight on him. It will be interesting to see if the 7-footer can match his performance from last game. If so, the Badgers will more than likely be moving on to the national championship game.

Julius Randle, Kentucky

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Julius Randle, Kentucky

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Julius Randle has recorded a double-double in every game of the NCAA tournament so far. That is kind of what he does.

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

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Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

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Aaron Harrison did not have the best game of his career in the Elite Eight, but he knocked down shots when Kentucky needed them most. For instance, he made the game-winning shot to beat Michigan last contest. Harrison has to continue to play at a high level and he has to continue to be an effective shooter.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.