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Staff picks: Final Four weekend



Final Four: Florida vs. Connecticut
Connecticut has been on a great roll throughout the entire tournament, but this time it is taking on a different kind of opponent. Florida is the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and has looked unstoppable in every game it has played since the tournament began.
Florida 78, Connecticut 75

Final Four: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin
Kentucky started the season with another bunch of All-American freshmen, and even though it hit some rough spots during the season, the young team has figured it out at the right time. Julius Randle and twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison are showing they are worthy of all the hype.
Kentucky 71, Wisconsin 65

Arizona softball vs. Stanford
The Wildcats are looking to get back to their high-scoring ways and rebound after losing to in-state rivalsASU. Arizona faces a tough opponent in Stanford, but if it wants to have a chance at a Pac-12 title, it will need to win this series.
Arizona 2 games, Stanford 1

—Follow Zoe Wolkowitz @zowolko

Final Four: Florida vs. Connecticut
The last time these two teams met, Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier’s buzzer-beating jumper gave UConn a 65-64 victory. The Huskies have perhaps the best backcourt in the entire country. Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin has been phenomenal thus far, but Florida will have to take an all-around team effort defensively.
UConn 68, Florida 59

Final Four: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin
If Kentucky continues to shoot well from the 3, it has the win in the bag. The Harrison twins and James Young combined to shoot about 31 percent from 3-point range during the regular season, and 44.9 percent from deep in the NCAA tournament. Aaron Harrison and James Young made game-winning 3’s against Louisville, Wichita State and Michigan.
Kentucky 76, Wisconsin 73

Arizona softball vs. Stanford
Arizona is returning home and is pumped to beat Stanford. Although Stanford is a tough competitor, the Wildcats were undefeated (19-0) at home. A conference win like this would help the Wildcats win the Pac-12 title.
Arizona 2 games, Stanford 1

—Follow Fernando Galvan @fgalvan35

Final Four: Florida vs. Connecticut
Florida’s path to the Final Four has not been as tough as the Huskies’ run. UConn’s Shabazz Napier is playing out of his mind. Florida has not lost since Dec. 2, which was actually against UConn, but the Gators’ inexperience pulling out the victory late will ultimately favor the Huskies.
UConn 65, Florida 59

Final Four: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin
It’s hard to not side with Kentucky. However, Wisconsin’s stellar perimeter shooting can be as dangerous to defend as its star, Frank Kaminsky. The Badgers play tough defense as well, and that will help them move on.
Wisconsin 61, Kentucky 55

Arizona softball vs. Stanford
Arizona is in a little funk, as it has lost five of its last 11. But the losses all came on the road. Hopefully returning to play at home will get it back on track.
Arizona 3 games, Stanford 0

—Follow Tyler Keckeisen @tyler_keckeisen


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