The Most Interesting Tidbits about the Final Four Teams

Breaking down the essentials and not-so-essentials about the teams in Dallas

The 2014 Final Four: What You Need to Know
SOUTH EAST   WEST MIDWEST
Florida Connecticut   Wisconsin Kentucky
 
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 Four American 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
2007 2011 Last Final Four 2000 2012
2006, 2007 1999, 2004, 2011 National titles 1941 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012
Defense Shabazz Team in a word "Buzzcuts" Freshmen
Scottie Wilbekin Shabazz Napier Best college player Frank Kaminsky Julius Randle
Chris Walker Shabazz Napier Best pro prospect Frank Kaminsky Julius Randle
Lexx Edwards Leon Tolksdorf Best name Duje Dukan Sam Malone
12 12 Active NBA players 3 21
Billy Donovan Kevin Ollie Coach Bo Ryan John Calipari
Rockville Center, N.Y. Dallas Coach's hometown Chester, Pa. Strickly, Pa.
Providence UConn Coach's alma mater Wilkes (Pa.) Clarion (Pa.)
Rick Pitino Jim Calhoun Coach's mentor Rob Rainey Vance Walberg
Shaka Smart, VCU None yet Coach's disciple Tony Bennett, Virginia Derek Kellogg, UMass
Vintage logo
1853 1881 School founded 1848 1865
32,776 17,528 Enrollment 30,863 20,827
49 57 US News & World Report Rank 41 119
6 NR Princeton Review Party School Rank 13 NR
The Independent Florida Alligator The UConn Daily Campus Student newspaper The Badger Herald Kentucky Kernel
Albert E. Gator Jonathan the Husky XIII Mascot's full name Buckingham U. Badger Scratch
Joakim Noah Ray Allen Best basketball alum Michael Finley Dan Issel
Not at the moment No Is this a football school? Sometimes Huh?
Emmitt Smith Charles Nagy Best non-basketball athlete Chris Chelios George Blanda
Abby Wambach, soccer Diana Taurasi, basketball Best female athlete Nicole Joraanstad, curling Jenny Hansen, gymnastics
Marco Rubio Robert Diamond Notable public figure Dick Cheney Mitch McConnell
Faye Dunaway Meg Ryan Actress Joan Cusack Ashley Judd
Darrell Hammond Bobby Moynihan Funny Person Jane Kaczmarek Jared Lorenzen
John Atanasoff (inventor of first digital electronic computer) David Lee (1996 Nobel Prize winner for physics) Smart Person Frank Lloyd Wright John T. Scopes (defendant in Scopes Monkey Trial)
Cris Collinsworth Rebecca Lobo Sports Media Person Andy Katz Tom Hammond

 

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