March Madness has been incredible so far– no one can deny that. While everyone’s brackets are beyond busted, I think it’s in everyone’s best interest to quit predicting who will win it all and just appreciate the talented players of the Final Four teams. Here are the players on each team who I think will make a difference in these final games for skill reasons and obviously for reasons dissociated to the game of basketball.
Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis
This 5’9” cutie patootie could easily be mistaken for a 10 year-old in the middle of Kentucky’s forest of players, but don’t get it twisted. Ulis has played more minutes than any other Wildcat during the tournament, Why? This kid can control the game like no other. He’s an assists machine, although sometimes he poses as no offensive threat because he barely shoots the ball himself. I understand, Tyler. I’d want to pass more than I’d want to shoot if I were you too. No sense in some big doofus in the middle blocking the shit out of your shot and bragging about it because you’re a foot shorter than everyone else. When it comes to crunch time though, Ulis will hit the big three point shot (sorry Notre Dame) and not turn the ball over. Also, he’s from Ohio, so points for you Glen Coco!
Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes
Hayes has quickly become the personality of the tournament; his obsession with stenographers and complimenting beautiful women has gone viral. However, his skills on the court are also pretty charming. He’s given the Badgers consistent stats all-season-long and had a breakout game against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship, scoring 25 points and only turning the ball over once. Oh, did I mention he’s ALSO FROM OHIO?! A lot of analysts are expecting him to come up big in Saturday’s game against Kentucky.
Michigan State’s Travis Trice
WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT IF I SAID TRAVIS TRICE IS ALSO FROM OHIO?! I knew there was a reason I picked these guys for this blog post. What’s even more, is that he has the facial resemblance of my baseball boyfriend, Michael Brantley. Please tell me you see that. Trice is a senior playing under the legendary coaching of Tom Izzo. He is a natural leader and has more college basketball experience than any of the other superstars on the other Final Four teams, even though he’s missed a lot of games throughout the years due to injury and illness. He scored 23 and 24 points, respectively, upsetting Virginia and Oklahoma on the Spartans’ journey to the Final Four.
Duke’s Quinn Cook
Boy, is this kid hungry. And apparently, his high fives hold magical powers. It’s about time Duke got back to the Final Four and they certainly couldn’t have done it without Cook. He’s played almost every minute of every game in this tournament, but will have to step it up against Michigan State on Saturday. He’s pretty much a Blue Devil secret weapon–great free throw percentage (88.7), rarely, if ever, turns the ball over, and plays with a lot of heart; something that could easily help Duke pull out the W.