Final Four Facts

Shabazz Napier, John Calipari and Patric Young

Fifteen minutes will save you 15 percent or more on car insurance. Everybody knows that.

But, when it comes to this year's Final Four, did you know . . .

. . . Florida small forward Jacob Kurtz used to be the team manager, handing out socks and washing practice gear? Now he's a player. Cool.

. . . Wisconsin's 7-foot star center Frank Kaminsky talks to himself on the court? He does. A lot. "I'll be like, 'Are you talking to me?' " says his teammate, Duje Dukan. "And he'll be like, 'No. Sorry.' " Kaminsky won't reveal what he says to himself. "It's kind of X-rated," he says. "But usually it's something along the lines of 'WTF, Frank?' "

. . . John Calipari is a horrifically underrated coach? You don't just have to recruit 'em. You have to teach 'em. And at Kentucky, he does. Besides, if it's so easy to take one-and-dones and get yourself to the Final Four, then why are Jabari Parker (Duke) and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) sitting at home after the first weekend?

. . . UConn's Shabazz Napier, who may be the best player in this Final Four, would play for Puerto Rico if that team gets into the 2016 Olympics? It's the homeland of his mother, Carmen Velasquez. Also cool.

. . . This Final Four is not in "North Texas," as the NCAA keeps insisting on all of its brackets? It's in Arlington, Texas. What the hell is "North Texas," anyway? If we have the Final Four in San Francisco, will the NCAA tell us it's in "North California"? What, the NCAA is too good for Arlington?

. . .  The video screen at the Final Four venue of AT&T Stadium in ARLINGTON, Texas, will be 66 feet longer than the basketball court itself?

. . .  Florida senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin has not committed a turnover in his past 94 minutes?

. . . Wilbekin agreed to live with his parents for a year as penance for untold violations? He did, although Florida has not explained what the parents' violations were.

. . . That was a joke?

. . . Only one other No. 8 seed has won it all? Villanova, in 1985. But think of this: Both that Villanova team and this 8-seeded Kentucky team lost 10 games in the regular season. Both beat Michigan on its way to the Final Four. Both were coached by Italian-Americans. And both are called the Wildcats. Eerie.

. . . UConn guard Ryan Boatright committed to USC in the eighth grade? Never went there. Welcher.

. . . Kentucky had the roughest road to this Final Four? It had to beat Kansas State (No. 9 seed), Wichita State (No. 1), Louisville (No. 4), and Michigan (No. 2). Florida had the smoothest: Albany (No. 16), Pittsburgh (No. 9), UCLA (No. 4), and Dayton (No.11). I have no idea what this means.

. . . The Kentucky-Wisconsin matchup features a team that starts five freshmen versus a team that starts none? It's also a No. 8 seed giving 2½ points to a No. 2 seed, according to Las Vegas. And it matches the fifth-highest beer-drinking state per capita (Wisconsin) versus the 44th beer-drinking one (Kentucky). We have no stats on bourbon.

. . . Florida best represents its state? It has nine in-state players. Least? UConn: two. Kentucky has six, but none start. I DO know what this means. Nothing.

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