The road to the Final Four is a difficult journey. Just ask (#6) Ohio State who lost to (#11) Dayton or (#3) Duke who lost to (#14) Mercer. Who knew that Ohio State and (#5) Cincinnati would be sitting at home watching Dayton represent the state of Ohio in the Elite Eight? Mind you, these were very close games, but the only score that matters is the one on the scoreboard when the clock hits zero. Brackets were breaking all over the place.
Four really good teams made it into the Final Four so it should be an outstanding finish to the season. Overall (#1) seed Florida is scheduled to take on (#7) UConn. The Florida Gators won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007. The UConn Huskies are making their first appearance under head coach Kevin Ollie but won their last NCAA Championship in 2011 under longtime head coach Jim Calhoun.
The other matchup features (#2) Wisconsin versus (#8) Kentucky. Kentucky features five freshmen starters, including twin brothers, who want to add their names to the long list of champions. The Wildcats won their last championship just two years ago in 2012. Wisconsin has waited the longest to compete for a national championship. Their last win in 1941 makes this Final Four appearance so much sweeter for the Badgers.
Two SEC teams in the Final Four! I'm just saying. The first game (Florida v. UConn) tips off at 5:09 p.m. tonight. The championship game tips off Monday, April 7 at approximately 8:10 p.m. Enjoy the games, I know I will.