The only No. 1 seed left in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is the one college-sports gurus predicted as the one to win it all. Today at 3:09 PST / 6:09 EST, the No. 1 Florida Gators take on the No. 7 UConn Huskies in a battle of styles and an epic rematch. The Gators haven’t lost since early December, but that long-ago loss came against none other than this same UConn basketball team. As a result, the first game of the 2014 Final Four promises plenty of on-court entertainment as well as off-court intrigue. If you can’t catch it live on TBS, you will want to watch Florida vs UConn basketball online live free Final Four using a few different services.
The last time the Florida Gators played the UConn Huskies, UConn’s Shabazz Napier beat the buzzer with a jumper from the free throw line to give Connecticut (30-8) a 65-64 victory on their home court. Napier, eventually named this year’s American Athletic Conference player of the year and a first-team All-American, may need to pull off some similar heroics today against the Gators, whose only other loss of the 2014 season came against another Final Four team, Wisconsin.
Napier and the No. 7 UConn basketball team may need another miracle today in the Final Four, which tips off live on TBS, TNT and truTV. That’s because the Gators are a very different team than the one the Huskies beat on Dec. 2. Four months ago, Gators freshman guard Kasey Hill was out with an ankle injury, freshman forward Chris Walker hadn’t yet played, and SEC player of the year Scottie Wilbekin was still kicking off rust in just his third game of the season — and had to leave with three minutes left in the game after injuring his ankle.
As you watch Florida vs UConn basketball online live free Final Four today, though, the Gators are fully healthy and inevitably looking for revenge. One of the Gators’ top priorities will be stopping the 6-foot-1 Napier, who leads the Huskies in scoring (18.1), rebounding (5.9) and assists (4.9). In the UConn Huskies four games so far in the NCAA tournament, Napier has scored at least 19 points. If the Gators basketball team can stop him, the rest of the UConn basketball team will have to pick up some serious slack as they play live on TBS today.
That picking-up of slack may start at the defensive end. UConn has won nine of its past 11 games, with both of those losses coming to Louisville. Stretching that streak to 12 games will mean stopping Florida Gators dynamic guard Wilbekin. Wilbekin scored a career-high 23 points in the Gators’ Elite Eight win over Dayton, so while Napier tries to dodge the Gators defense when he has the ball, he will have to focus like a laser on stopping Wilbekin on the other end of the court.
You can watch Florida vs UConn basketball online live free Final Four by visiting the NCAA’s official tournament website and clicking on the Final Four tab. The NCAA’s site lets you watch every tournament game free, including live broadcasts from TBS, TNT, truTV and CBS. If you’re hoping to watch the No. 1 Florida Gators vs. the No. 7 UConn Huskies tonight in the Final Four, you can tune into the 3:09 PST / 6:09 EST tipoff live on TBS. You can also watch Florida vs UConn basketball online using the NCAA link above. Its live stream TBS sports functionality should work on a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.