Final Four teams to play on big stage

Published On: Mar 31 2014 06:04:32 PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

The final four has finally been set.

The match-ups for the NCAA men's basketball championship features a quartet of nationally known teams, despite the series of early upsets that ripped apart many brackets soon after the title chase began.

The Final Four will not have any upstarts like the past few years.

The power programs that did make it will still have plenty to prove in North Texas.

Florida, the top overall seed, is back in the Final Four for the first time since winning consecutive titles in 2006-07, this time without all those first-round NBA picks.


The Gators will face Connecticut, 2011 national champions who were barred from last year's bracket because of academics.


Wisconsin has reached the Final Four for the first time under coach Bo Ryan, who is finally going as a coach after taking his late father every year since 1976.


Rounding out the foursome is Kentucky, the preseason No. 1 thought to be out of contention after struggling mid-season.

The games will be played at Cowboys Stadium, where the giant video screens will dwarf the basketball court laid out on the field where Jerry Jones' team usually plays.

Gators coach Billy Donovan says there will be plenty of time for his team to prepare for the size of the arena.

"I think that we have more than enough time to get ourselves acquainted and familiar with being in there. But I think anytime you play in that kind of dome setting it is a little bit different. That place is about as big of a place as I've ever been into. It's a gorgeous building.

Florida has some experience playing in large arenas this year, playing the SEC tournament in the Georgia Dome.

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