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Scouting the Final Four: Opposing Coaches Break Down the Championship Weekend

Opposing coaches offered their insight on Florida, UConn, Wisconsin and Kentucky
Scouting the Final Four: Opposing Coaches Break Down the Championship Weekend

Coaches in the Final Four by now have completed the scouting process and are starting to implement the game plans they hope will lead to a national championship. If you’re wondering what the coaches are seeing, Athlon Sports hopes to offer some insight. We spoke to coaches who compiled scouting reports for teams that faced the Final Four teams either during the NCAA Tournament or during the season. In exchange for more candor, we quoted the coaches anonymously.

How the 2014 Final Four Teams were Built

The makeup of John Calipari's roster stands apart from the other three
How the 2014 Final Four Teams were Built

The freshman class will be present and accounted for in the Final Four, even if it’s not in the way anyone would have predicted.

The high school graduating class of 2013 will have more players in Dallas than any other class, but their roles will vary wildly.

Of the 13 freshmen in the Final Four, seven are from Kentucky. Five of those are playing major minutes. The other freshmen, whether three-star rookies for Wisconsin or McDonald’s All-Americans for Florida, are playing supporting roles.

10 Amazing Stats for Teams in the Final Four

Our most interesting numerical superlatives and surprises heading into the Final Four
10 Amazing Stats for Teams in the Final Four

Not that we really needed it, but the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight weekend showcased why the NCAA Tournament is one of sports’ greatest events.

And not just because six games of the 12 came down to the final seconds.

Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, one of the game’s most consistent coaches for 30 years, reached his first Final Four. A day later, UConn’s Kevin Ollie, in only his second season has a head coach anywhere, did the same.

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