Florida (31-6) vs. George Mason (27-7) Saturday, 6:07 p.m. ET, CBS RCA Dome (47,000)
Coming off one of the most impressive runs in NCAA tournament history -- beating Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and Connecticut -- to get to the Final Four, George Mason arrives in Indianapolis with as good a shot at winning the national title as any of the other teams. Show me one person who predicted that? But to get to the title game, Mason has to get past Florida, which began the season by winning 17 consecutive games and is hot again at the right time. The Gators have size and speed and love to push the tempo. Here's how they match up.
Florida's Taurean Green Soph., 6-0, 177 Stats: 13.4 ppg, 4.8 apg
As Green goes, so do the Gators. When Green is aggressive and runs the team with confidence and efficiency, Florida usually wins. When he struggles, the Gators drift off-course. Fortunately for Florida, Green has rediscovered his game after a midseason slump. With a quick first step, Green has the ability to get into the lane and dish to the Gators' bigs. Against George Mason he must stay aggressive, play with control and hit the open outside shot -- two things he's done during the NCAA tournament.
George Mason's Tony Skinn Sr., 6-1, 175 Stats: 12.6 ppg, 2.8 apg
Skinn can play either guard spot and has a nose for the basket. Effective off the dribble and shooting from the outside, Skinn is the Patriots' second leading scorer and the team's best perimeter defender. He leads Mason in steals; he had nine in one game earlier this season. He's scored 20 or more points 11 times and is at his best when he pushes the ball in transition. He must stay out of foul trouble and contain Green, which is much easier said than done.
A deadly outside shooter, Humphrey cannot be left alone on the perimeter. George Mason must make him dribble and can't afford to leave him too long while giving help on Florida's bigs. That's not so easy when Green is penetrating and the Gators are dominating inside. To be successful, Humphrey has to keep moving and take advantage of the open looks he gets.
Butler can also play the point, but he's more effective off the ball. The Patriots' all-time career leader in three-pointers (295), he is deadly from the outside and can also create his shot. Florida has to be careful not to guard him too closely, because he'll blow by the defender. But give him too much room and he'll drill the jumper.
Quick, long and athletic, Brewer is arguably Florida's most dangerous player on both ends. He can take his man off the dribble, hit the mid-range jumper and isn't afraid to bang inside. His three-point play with 27.5 seconds remaining proved to be the difference in the Gators' regional semifinal win over Georgetown. Brewer leads Florida in steals but floats at times. If he's focused and on his game, he's tough to stop.
Campbell is more of a perimeter player in Mason's three-guard attack, but he will likely be matched up against Brewer because of his strength and size. Campbell must keep Brewer in front of him and has to stay out of foul trouble. Campbell plays the point at times and is a good passer.