NCAA Final Four capsules

3/31/2014

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

EAST REGIONAL

UConn

Storrs, 30-8.

Nickname: Huskies. Coach: Kevin Ollie.

Conference: American Athletic. Bid: At large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament Record: 56-29, 32 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (72.4); Shabazz Napier 18.1; DeAndre Daniels 13.0; Ryan Boatright 12.0.

Rebounds: Team (35.1); Shabazz Napier 5.9; DeAndre Daniels 5.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.3/11.4); Shabazz Napier 4.9/2.8; Ryan Boatright 3.5/1.9.

3-pointers: Team (.389); Shabazz Napier 81; Niles Giffey 56; DeAndre Daniels 48; Ryan Boatright 43.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: UConn is the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The Huskies were academically ineligible for last season's NCAA tournament. The Huskies won their third national title in 2011 with coach Jim Calhoun and one-man show Kemba Walker. Shabazz Napier, 2014 AP first-team All-America, was a freshman on that team. UConn beat Florida 65-64 on Dec. 2, the last loss for the Gators.

SOUTH REGIONAL

Florida

Gainesville, 36-2.

Nickname: Gators. Coach: Billy Donovan.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: SEC champion.

Region: South. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 42-16, 19 years. Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (70.4); Casey Prather 13.8; Scottie Wilbekin 13.4; Michael Frazier II 12.6; Patric Young 10.8.

Rebounds: Team (35.7); Dorian Finney-Smith 6.7; Patric Young 6.2; Will Yeguete 5.2; Casey Prather 4.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.3/11.1); Scottie Wilbekin 3.7/1.7; Kasey Hill 3.2/1.5; Dorian Finney-Smith 2.1/1.7.

3-pointers: Team (.362); Michael Frazier II 117; Scottie Wilbekin 67; Dorian Finney-Smith 39.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: The Gators have the longest current winning streak at 30 games. Florida's two losses came on the road, against Wisconsin (59-53 on Nov. 12) and UConn (65-64 on Dec. 2). Coach Billy Donovan won a pair of national titles at Florida with Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer and Al Horford, all top-10 NBA picks in the 2007 NBA draft. Florida is third in fewest points allowed at 57.6 per game.

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WEST REGIONAL

Wisconsin

Madison, 30-7.

Nickname: Badgers. Coach: Bo Ryan.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 29-18, 20 years. Last appearance: 2013.

Scoring: Team (73.5); Frank Kaminsky 14.1; Ben Brust 12.8; Sam Dekker 12.4; Traevon Jackson 10.7.

Rebounds: Team (33.5); Frank Kaminsky 6.4; Sam Dekker 6.1; Ben Brust 4.5; Josh Gasser 4.0.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.4/8.1); Traevon Jackson 4.0/2.2; Josh Gasser 1.9/0.9.

3-pointers: Team (.375); Ben Brust 93; John Gasser 47; Sam Dekker 41; Frank Kaminsky 37; Traevon Jackson 33.

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: It's Wisconsin's first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory with the win over No. 1 seed Arizona. Wisconsin averages the fewest turnovers (8.1) in the nation. The Badgers are second in the nation with fewest fouls per game at 15.0.

MIDWEST REGIONAL

Kentucky

Lexington, 28-10.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: John Calipari.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament Record: 117-47, 54 years. Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (75.4); Julius Randle 15.1; James Young 14.1; Aaron Harrison 14.1; Andrew Harrison 11.0.

Rebounds: Team (40.6); Julius Randle 10.7; Willie Cauley-Stein 6.1; Alex Poythress 4.4; James Young 4.2.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (11.2/12.2); Andrew Harrison 3.9/2.7; Aaron Harrison 1.9/1.6.

3-pointers: Team (.332); James Young 79; Aaron Harrison 60.

Last Ten: 7-3.

The Skinny: Aaron Harrison's 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds to lift eighth-seeded Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan and sent the Wildcats to the program's 16th Final Four. Kentucky won the 2012 national championship behind coach John Calipari's one-and-done philosophy. Kentucky is the first all-freshman starting lineup to make the Final Four since the Fab Five at Michigan in 1992. Two more wins and they'll have the school's ninth national title. Kentucky is second in the country in rebound margin at 9.8 and averages 6.1 blocks per game.

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