The Most Interesting Tidbits about the Final Four Teams

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The 2014 Final Four: What You Need to Know
SOUTHEAST WESTMIDWEST
FloridaConnecticut WisconsinKentucky
 
Albany 67-55
Pittsburgh 61-45
UCLA 79-68
Dayton 62-52
St. Joe's 89-81 (OT)
Villanova 77-65
Iowa State 81-67
Michigan State 60-54
Path to the Final FourAmerican 75-35
Oregon 85-77
Baylor 69-52
Arizona 64-63 (OT)
Kansas State 56-49
Wichita State 78-76
Louisville 74-69
Michigan 75-72
20072011Last Final Four20002012
2006, 20071999, 2004, 2011National titles19411948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012
DefenseShabazzTeam in a word"Buzzcuts"Freshmen
Scottie WilbekinShabazz NapierBest college playerFrank KaminskyJulius Randle
Chris WalkerShabazz NapierBest pro prospectFrank KaminskyJulius Randle
Lexx EdwardsLeon TolksdorfBest nameDuje DukanSam Malone
1212Active NBA players321
Billy DonovanKevin OllieCoachBo RyanJohn Calipari
Rockville Center, N.Y.DallasCoach's hometownChester, Pa.Strickly, Pa.
ProvidenceUConnCoach's alma materWilkes (Pa.)Clarion (Pa.)
Rick PitinoJim CalhounCoach's mentorRob RaineyVance Walberg
Shaka Smart, VCUNone yetCoach's discipleTony Bennett, VirginiaDerek Kellogg, UMass
Vintage logo
18531881School founded18481865
32,77617,528Enrollment30,86320,827
4957US News & World Report Rank41119
6NRPrinceton Review Party School Rank13NR
The Independent Florida AlligatorThe UConn Daily CampusStudent newspaperThe Badger HeraldKentucky Kernel
Albert E. GatorJonathan the Husky XIIIMascot's full nameBuckingham U. BadgerScratch
Joakim NoahRay AllenBest basketball alumMichael FinleyDan Issel
Not at the momentNoIs this a football school?SometimesHuh?
Emmitt SmithCharles NagyBest non-basketball athleteChris CheliosGeorge Blanda
Abby Wambach, soccerDiana Taurasi, basketballBest female athleteNicole Joraanstad, curlingJenny Hansen, gymnastics
Marco RubioRobert DiamondNotable public figureDick CheneyMitch McConnell
Faye DunawayMeg RyanActressJoan CusackAshley Judd
Darrell HammondBobby MoynihanFunny PersonJane KaczmarekJared Lorenzen
John Atanasoff (inventor of first digital electronic computer)David Lee (1996 Nobel Prize winner for physics)Smart PersonFrank Lloyd WrightJohn T. Scopes (defendant in Scopes Monkey Trial)
Cris CollinsworthRebecca LoboSports Media PersonAndy KatzTom Hammond

 

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