I can't think of one year where I was disappointed with March Madness, and this year was no different. Like always, the first two rounds are very cinematic, but now we are down to the FINAL FOUR teams. It will be an eventful final three games of the 2014-15 College Basketball season. 

#1 Kentucky Wildcats 

Road to the Final Four:

  • 2nd round - #16 Hampton 79-56 
  • 3rd round - #8 Cincinnati 64-51
  • Sweet 16 - #5 West Virginia 78-39
  • Elite 8 - #3 Notre Dame 68-66

The Wildcats are only two games away from completing their pursuit on perfection. For the first time this season, I actually believe that they will do it. The way they ended the Notre Dame game wasn't spectacular, game winning free throws by Andrew Harrison, but the block by Willie Cauley-Stien on the previous possession might have been the biggest play of the tournament. 

All season long people told me that they will finish undefeated and I said I'll believe when it happens, well I think I will have to become a believer. It's not that I don't want them to see complete the pursuit, I just think it is very difficult. The most important thing you need for to go undefeated is defense and the Wildcats are easily the best defensive team in the Final Four round. They got their first dose of a premier offense in Notre Dame, holding them to only 46% shooting. 

Kentucky's experience will also be important. This is Calipari's 4th trip to the Final Four in the last 5 years. The Harrison Twins, Cauley-Stien, and Dakari Johnson will play in their second straight Final Four, obviously looking to get that sour taste UConn left in their mouth. If they can complete this quest for 40-0, I will have to strongly consider if they are indeed the best team ever but as of now, I say no. 


#1 Wisconsin Badgers 

Road to the Final Four: 

  • 2nd round - #16 Coastal Carolina 86-72
  • 3rd round - #8 Wisconsin 72-65 
  • Sweet Sixteen - #4 North Carolina 79-82 
  • Elite 8 - #2 Arizona 85-78 

While Kentucky is the best defensive team in the Final Four, Wisconsin is the best offensive team, averaging 80 points in the tournament. Just like the Wildcats, this is the Badgers second straight trip to the Final Four, with Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Nigel Hayes, Traeveon Jackson, and Josh Gasser all returning from that Final Four team. 

Sam Dekker went bonkers against Arizona in the Elite 8, scoring 27 points, 20 of them coming in the second half. During the tournament he is averaging 21 points a game while shooting 60% from the field. He is a matchup problem for anyone, and I'm not really sure how Kentucky is going to stop him. (AP Photo) 

Sam Dekker went bonkers against Arizona in the Elite 8, scoring 27 points, 20 of them coming in the second half. During the tournament he is averaging 21 points a game while shooting 60% from the field. He is a matchup problem for anyone, and I'm not really sure how Kentucky is going to stop him. (AP Photo) 

Last year, I think the Badgers were underdogs in the Final Four round, and even though they are going up against the overall favorite, I don't think we can consider them underdogs. They have the experience, the possible Player of the Year in Kaminsky, and to me, one of the best players in the country, Sam Dekker. 

Last year the Badgers lost to UK thanks to Aaron Harrison game winning trey ball, which I'm sure they have not forgot about. Zach Aguste of Notre Dame scored 20 points against the Wildcats' BIGS which should give Kaminsky great confidence going into this game. Kaminsky best attribute for this game is that he can always bring one of those trees outside of the paint because he can shoot the ball. Stretching the floor is a must against UK, along with shooting the rock effectively. 

Against Arizona in the Elite 8, the Badgers were 12-18 from the three point line. I'm not sure if they will be able to match that again vs. Kentucky, but it's not impossible. 


#1 Duke Blue Devils 

Road to the Final Four: 

  • 2nd round - #16 Robert Morris 85-56 
  • 3rd round - #8 San Diego State 68-49
  • Sweet 16 - #5 Utah 63-57
  • Elite 8 - #2 Gonzaga 66-52 

The Blue Devils are probably the quietest team in the Final Four and what I mean by quiet is that not much have been said about them, mainly because they did everything they were supposed to do. No one really gave the Blue Devils a scare, except for maybe Utah, but I never got the feeling they were going to lose the game. 

Justice Winslow in his hometown of Houston led the Blue Devils to another Final Four appearance, Coach K's 12th. While Tyus and Jahlil are the two household freshmen, sometime people forget how talented of a freshman Justice. (Getty Images) 

Justice Winslow in his hometown of Houston led the Blue Devils to another Final Four appearance, Coach K's 12th. While Tyus and Jahlil are the two household freshmen, sometime people forget how talented of a freshman Justice. (Getty Images) 

I actually think the Blue Devils could beat the Wildcats becuase they have the big man in the middle Jahlil Okafor. Jahalil dropped 21 and 26 in the first two games of the tournament but has only scored a combined 15 points in the last two games. Along with Kaminsky, I think Okafor can handle the four trees UK has in the paint because he has a post game. For some reason people want to say Karl Anthony Towns is the better player, but I don't see it and I like Towns. When it comes to footwork and fundamentals, Okafor is by far the better player. Towns has him beat on the defensive end, but I don't see him stopping Okafor when it matters. It will be fun to watch though, if it happens. 

Coach K will have his hands full preparing his team for Michigan State but it shouldn't be too hard. I thought this was one of the better Gonzaga teams they had in recent memory and Duke held them to 52 points and 44% shooting, both tournament lows for the Zags. If its a team that could match the Wildcats on talent, Duke is the one. Tyus Jones and Quin Cook are one of the best backcourts in the country and probably second to only the Harrison Twins. One thing they can't do is sleep on Michigan State. 


#7 Michigan State Spartans 

Road to the Final Four: 

  • 2nd round - #10 Georgia 70-63
  • 3rd round - #2 Virginia 60-54 
  • Sweet 16 - #3 Oklahoma 72-66 
  • Elite 8 - #4 Louisville 76-70 OT

The Spartans remind me of how UConn went through the tournament last year. Came into the tournament with low expectations from the outside world, defeated 3 higher seeds in the three straight games, and was the 7th seed. The more they won, the more people started to realize that it's not impossible for them to be in the Final Four, similar to UConn last year. Obviously they are the underdogs but they're not your typical underdog, mainly because of Tom Izzo 

Tom Izzo always makes his mark in the month of March. In 20 seasons at Michigan State, Izzo has reached the Sweet 16 thirteen times out of 18 tournament appearances. (AP/Post-Standard, Kevin Rivoli)

Tom Izzo always makes his mark in the month of March. In 20 seasons at Michigan State, Izzo has reached the Sweet 16 thirteen times out of 18 tournament appearances. (AP/Post-Standard, Kevin Rivoli)

This will be Tom Izzo's 7th trip to the Final Four since he became head coach at Michigan State back in 1995. I don't care what seed his team is, no matter what, Izzo will make sure his team is built and ready for the tournament. I don't like how people try to hop his wagon now that his team is in the Final Four because if you been paying attention, you would know this is nothing new. I said in our bracketology article, that the Spartans are sleepers but with Izzo coaching, don't count them out. Why? Because we go through this every year. 

Travis Trice, Denzel Valentine, and Branden Dawson has become a very effective Big 3 this tournament, averaging a combined 44 points a game. Guard play is what wins in the tournament and these three guards together make it tough for any team. The one thing that I admire about this Spartan team is that they have made every team play their style of basketball, which is very physical. None of their games have been pretty nor an up and down battle. It will be interesting to see how they manage, being the smallest team in the Final Four, but it hasn't been an issue for them yet. 

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