April 5th, 2014
Well it’s here, the final weekend in college basketball and the NCAA Tournament. What has been one of the crazier NCAA Tournaments in recent memory has actually produced mostly traditional programs for the final four teams and three games. UCONN, Florida and Kentucky have all won national championships since 2007, and Wisconsin is no slouch either. They games should be fantastic, and Vegas certainly agrees. Let’s check out the game times, channel guide and matchups below:
Connecticut (+7) vs. Florida, 6:05PM, Saturday, CBS –Â As the #1 seed Florida is no surprise as the favorite here but a lot of analysts are actually picking UCONN because of their size down low.Â Donovanâ€™s veteran group, which includes four senior starters, ripped through the SEC without a loss and beat Kentucky three times. What makes the game more interesting is that UCONN did beat Florida in December, by one point. This bodes well for another classic match up between the two teams of course, except with the stakes being just a little higher this time. Well, a lot higher. UCONN did his 11 threes in that first meeting and that’s certainly what could be the difference in this game as well.
Kentucky (-1) vs. Wisconsin, 8:45PM, Saturday, CBS –Â Calipari is back. And annoying people more than ever. Fresh off Pat Forde’s scathing article about Calipari’s supposed failed program, the fifth year Kentucky coach has proven just about everyone wrong as his team has bounced back from ugly wins against South Carolina and Arkansas (really) and ended up in the Final Four for the third time in the last five seasons. It’s a remarkable run, and it couldn’t happen against a better opponent. Kentucky is young, flashy and dare I say it, “cool” and Wisconsin couldn’t be more of the opposite. From middle America and with an old school coach in Bo Ryan, the defense-heavy slow moving Badgers couldn’t foil the young wildcats better. This game should come down to the wire and will likely hinge on who can play the most consistent defense.
National Championship, 9PM, Monday Night. This game will be on CBS on DISH Network and will be called by Jim Nantz.
Alec Lepage is a Sports and News Blogger for Dish Network and multiple sports blogs. Follow him on Twitter @TheAlecLepage
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