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2:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Back Home in Texas, UK's Randle "Just Excited to be Playing" in Final Four

The men’s NCAA basketball tournament resumes this weekend with the Final Four.

The two national semifinal games will be played Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, with Florida facing Connecticut and Wisconsin squaring off with Kentucky.    The winners advance to the national championship game Monday night.      

The venue, AT&T Stadium, is not far from the Dallas neighborhood where UK’s Julius Randle grew up, but the Wildcats’ leading scorer says he’s thankful to be in a Final Four anywhere.

"I’m just excited to be playing.  It doesn’t matter if it was in Dallas, or wherever it was.  Just to have the opportunity and blessing to play in a Final Four is all that really matters to me," he said. 

The Badgers are a number two seed and Kentucky is seeded eighth, but Wisconsin senior guard Ben Brust says there are no underdogs at this stage of the tournament.

"If you get to here, at this point in the Final Four, obviously both of your teams are playing well and you’re there for a reason.   No matter what anyone says about underdog or whatever, it’s going to be a battle, and looking forward to it," Brust said. 

The women’s Final Four begins Sunday in Nashville, with Maryland, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Stanford competing for the championship.