Final Four Open Thread

Jonathan Daniel

Four teams with handful of NBA prospects face off tonight to decide who will play for the NCAA Championship.

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The Florida Gators (1) take on the University of Connecticut Huskies (7) in the first game, followed by the Wisconsin Badgers (2) taking on the Kentucky Wildcats (8) afterwards. This is your guide, preview and gamethread for both games as March Madness comes to a close.

Here's what you need to know:

Tip-off time:
Game 1: 6:09 p.m. eastern, 3:09 p.m. pacific
Game 2: 8:49 p.m. eastern, 5:49 p.m. pacific

Watch on: CBS and Turner are experimenting with a new strategy in March Madness coverage. While the main broadcast will be on TBS, each game will have two separate "Teamcasts" on TNT and TruTV. Florida and Kentucky will have their Teamcasts on TNT, while UConn and Wisconsin will have theirs on TruTV

Prospect to watch:

Florida: Senior PF Patric Young - Young was once regarded as a first round prospect a few years ago, but scouts are still waiting for him to show a better offensive game. But, at just 6'9", his defensive game is among the top of this year's class. He should be a second round pick this draft and be a valuable low post defender to a team off the bench.

Connecticut: Senior PG Shabazz Napier - Napier stock has risen since the beginning of the season and his great play along with his late game heroics has helped the Huskies on their run to the Final Four. Napier shows a good handle, good speed and should be able to shoot and pass at the NBA level. Where he will be drafted is a bigger question though as their are still questions about his game; some mock drafts have him projected in the late first round, while others have him going as late as 46th overall.

Wisconsin: Junior C Frank Kaminsky - One of the breakout stars of the tournament, Kaminsky has showed that he can rebound, block and score at the college level, but scouts still question whether or not he can do it at the NBA level. Most mock drafts online don't have him being drafted this season and instead going in the first round of next years draft. But, with Kaminsky's impressive play in the tournament thus far, one would have to believe that his stock is rising.

Kentucky: Freshman F/C Julius Randle - It's tough to pick just one, because it's very possible that Kentucky's entire starting lineup could be drafted in the first round this season, but Randle is one that is most likely to go in the top five, or even top three of this upcoming draft. Randle's game is comparable to Zach Randolph's, but Randle looks to be faster, more mobile and maybe even stronger than Z-Bo. His production backs it up too, as he is averaging over 15 points and 10 rebounds per game this year.

Prediction:

Napier's heroics are unable to overcome Florida as UConn loses 63-56, while Kentucky punches their ticket to the final with an 67-63 upset over the Badgers.

Hit the comments! This is your open thread for all things final four and NBA draft talk.

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