We have a 1, 2, 7, and 8 seeds playing in the 2014 Final Four–which has never happened before.
After the performances by Shabazz Napier of UConn and Aaron Harrison of Kentucky stopping the dreams of Big Ten monsters in Michigan State and Michigan, respectively–this sets up for an unpredictable pair of national semifinal games.
I plan to preview each school in depth later in the week, but for now–here are the particulars that you need to know:
TBS will carry the unbiased call, beginning with a three hour pregame show anchored by Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson, CBS Sports analyst Clark Kellogg, Turner analysts Kenny “The Jet” Smith, and “Sir” Charles Barkley live at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, and Steve Kerr will have all the action (Tracy Wolfson will contribute reports from the sidelines as necessary) starting at 6:09 p.m. Eastern time as top seed Florida will take on the 7 seed in Connecticut. These two schools last met on December 2 when UConn stunned the Gators at Gambel Pavilion in Storrs. The Gators then chomped their way to 30 wins in a row since.
Game two to follow at approximately 8:49 p.m. will be the second seed of Wisconsin taking the reborn again 8 seed Kentucky Wildcats. Nobody predicted that these two teams would emerge on the final road to North Texas, but here they are.
Westwood One will have a two hour pregame show on radio and online.
As an added extra twist, each of the four schools will send their own announcing teams to give their ultimate “Homerism” calls on both TNT and TruTV. I hope to fill everyone on which school’s camera angles will be featured so we can see the Florida fans give off the Gator chomp or the UConn cheerleaders doing their fun taunt each time a Huskies player gets fouled in the act of shooting. How about in the second game, with the Badger of Wisconsin mixing things up possibly with famous Kentucky alumnus Ashley Judd?
This should be fun. And yes, in my next blog…there is something truly historical about this Final Four.