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Final 4 Bracket 2014: Real-Time Odds to Win 2014 NCAA Title

Kerry MillerCollege Basketball National AnalystMarch 26, 2014

Final 4 Bracket 2014: Real-Time Odds to Win 2014 NCAA Title

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    Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the Final Four!

    As they have been since before the tournament even began, the Florida Gators remain the favorites to win it all, but we can't possibly discount the runs that Connecticut, Kentucky and Wisconsin went on to join Florida in the national semifinals.

    But just how long are those teams' odds of winning it all?

    After a full weekend of live updating the odds from the Sweet 16 down to the Final Four, here's where we place each team's chances of cutting down the nets in Dallas.

    The following slides are listed in ascending order of likelihood to win the national championship.

    Last updated: Sunday at 7:20 p.m. ET

Connecticut Huskies

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    Eye test

    Shabazz Napier is doing his best Kemba Walker impersonation. Through four games, he has 93 points, 24 rebounds, 18 assists and eight steals.

    It certainly hasn't been a one-man show for the No. 7 seed in the East Region. DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright have contributed a combined 123 points thus farincluding 43 against Iowa State on Friday night.

     

    Roadblocks ahead

    Connecticut is the last team to have beaten Florida, and the Huskies will draw the Gators in the Final Four. In that first game, Scottie Wilbekin was still rounding into game shape after missing Florida's first five games. Connecticut was still figuring out its rotation as well.

    A lot has changed for both teams since early December.

     

    Key to cutting down the nets

    Team basketball is the key. If Napier is doing everything, it won't be enough. With Boatright, Daniels, Lasan Kromah, Amida Brimah, Niels Giffey and (the sudden emergence of freshman) Terrence Samuel, though, the Huskies have one heck of a formidable seven-man rotation.

     

    Odds to win the title: 5-1

Kentucky Wildcats

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    Eye test

    The No. 8 seed from the Midwest Region certainly picked a fine time to play its three best games of the entire season.

    Kentucky's freshmen have been playing like 10-year veterans, hitting clutch shots and grinding out close win after close win against teams who were legitimate candidates to win it all.

    Julius Randle was lost in the Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker hysteria for much of the regular season, but the super frosh has now recorded a double-double in four consecutive games.

     

    Roadblocks ahead

    Ain't no rest for the wicked. After beating Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan, the Wildcats have to prepare for one heck of a defensive grind against Wisconsin before potentially getting a fourth shot at handing Florida a loss.

     

    Key to cutting down the nets

    The Wildcats just need to keep playing loose. Before the game against Michigan, John Beilein was explaining the specific things that the Wolverines needed to do to win. Calipari, however, said his team just needed to have fun and play loosereiterating the fact that he has the best players in the country, and that they will win if they don't play tight.

     

    Odds to win the title: 4-1

Wisconsin Badgers

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    Eye test

    Frank Kaminsky looked like a man playing against boys on Saturday nighta truth made even more incredible by the fact that Arizona entered the game with one of the best interior defenses in the entire country.

    Kaminsky exploded for the second straight game, finishing the night with 28 points and 11 rebounds to carry the No. 2 seed from the West Region to the first Final Four of Bo Ryan's career.

    It's amazing that Wisconsin was able to win despite getting zero three-point field goals in regulation from Josh Gasser, Ben Brust and Traevon Jackson. Sam Dekker (seven points and eight rebounds) won't get anywhere near the accolades that Kaminsky does, but his persistent defense on Aaron Gordon was every bit as crucial as Kaminsky's points to Wisconsin's win.

     

    Roadblocks ahead

    In the Final Four, the Badgers are drawing a red-hot Kentucky. My early guess is that Wisconsin will be a slight underdog in Vegas either way, but that certainly didn't stop the Badgers from knocking off Arizona.

    On behalf of everyone who had to hear Wisconsin fans talk about beating Florida in November and to hear Florida fans argue that the game shouldn't matter because the Gators weren't at full strength, I sincerely hope those teams meet in the national championship to settle the score once and for all.

     

    Key to cutting down the nets

    Wisconsin has had a very efficient offense throughout the season, but the Badgers' defense was frequently lackluster. If they can harness the defensive intensity that they displayed against Baylor and Arizona, they'll be unstoppable.

     

    Odds to win the title: 3-1

Florida Gators

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    Eye test

    Bless their hearts, the Dayton Flyers gave it their all, but they never really had a chance against the No. 1 overall seed out of the South Region. Scottie Wilbekin and Patric Young were everywhere all the time on Saturday night for Florida.

    Any time Dayton started to go on a run, either Wilbekin or Young hit a big three, stole a ball or blocked a shot to break the Cinderella's spirit.

    This is no surprise, though, since that's exactly what the Gators did against Albany, Pittsburgh and UCLA to get to the Elite Eight in the first place.

     

    Roadblocks ahead

    The Gators are just two games away from their third national championship in less than a decade.

    They'll need to get through Connecticut next, which they were unable to do in early December. They are 30-0 since that loss and will be the favorite in this chance at revenge.

    They may also get a chance to make up for their other loss of the season to Wisconsin.

     

    Key to cutting down the nets

    Defense, defense and more defense. Florida has held 22 of its last 28 opponents to 62 or fewer points and has held 11 straight opponents to less than one point per possession.

    If they can similarly hold their final two oppponents in check, the Gators will be cutting down the nets in Arlington.

     

    Odds to win the title: 3-2

     

    Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com or KenPom.com (subscription required).

    Kerry Miller covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @kerrancejames.

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