The Sweet 16 is over, which means the NCAA Tournament moves on to the regional finals, better known as the Elite 8. First up today we've got #2 Florida taking on #8 Butler at 4:20 pm in New Orleans. Gators coach Billy Donovan is aware of the physical threat that Butler poses,
"We're playing against a team that is extremely, extremely physical, don't think there's any question about that, a team that has got a lot of players that know about success in this tournament from last year."
Butler's standout point guard Shelvin Mack says that his team knows that defense is the key to success in the tournament.
"I'd say with our defense, we realized coming to Butler throughout the year that offense wins a lot of games. But in order to win a championship, you've got to play defense. Our main job on defense is try to limit them to one shot and one possession. When you're able to do that, you have a great opportunity to win."
In the West Region final in Anaheim, Kemba Walker and the Connecticut Huskies try to salvage the reputation of the Big East as they face Derrick Williams and the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona coach Sean Miller was asked about the challenge his team faces in Walker.
"Part of the impact of Kemba Walker isn't just his own scoring, it's how many shots and opportunities he creates for the other players on his team, because a lot like our team, they have some really good players other than him and we respect him a great deal. You watch what Jeremy Lamb is doing, and if you pay attention some of his easiest shots come from Kemba Walker's ability. So it is a tough challenge and in an effort to try to get to the Final Four, we have to meet that challenge as well as we can, or else we won't be in the Final Four because as evidenced by his recent play, when he's playing, Kemba Walker, at that level, it's difficult to beat UCONN."
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Southeast Region final, New Orleans:
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 8 Butler at 4:20 p.m. ET
West Region final, Anaheim:
No. 3 UConn vs. No. 5 Arizona, 6:55 p.m. ET
Southwest Region final, San Antonio:
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 11 VCU, 2 p.m. ET
East Region final, Newark:
No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 2 UNC, 4:55 p.m. ET