Kentucky, the preseason No. 1 that entered the Big Dance unranked, has reached the Final Four as an eight seed. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin, which upset top seed Arizona in a thriller.
Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.
Michigan State and Connecticut both won Friday night in the East Regional semifinals and they will play Sunday with the winner heading to North Dallas for the Final Four.
Wilt had some unbelievable games here. Ali and Frazier fought here. The players who will take the court at Madison Square Garden this weekend, though, don’t remember any of that. And yet they still regard the Garden as the World’s Most Famous Arena.
We’re being told this is a classic tournament, with juggernauts about to collide like meteors over Texas, and a classic Final Four in store for us. Depends on your view of classic. Does an Arizona – Florida Finals sound unprecedented? Is that must-see TV?
This year, the NCAA Tournament finally returns to the ‘Mecca of Basketball’ for the East Regionals, and there is perhaps no better example of the demand for March Madness than prices for NCAA Tournament tickets to these sessions.
Once down 16 in the second half, the Harvard Crimson wiped out their deficit with a 23-7 run and led with seven minutes left. But Michigan State countered with a n 8-0 run and never looked back, and the Spartans are headed to New York for the regional semifinals.
March Madness is a lifeline in an otherwise barren winter sports calendar, an essential bridge between football and baseball.
The start of the NCAA tournament is arguably the best week on the sports calendar, filled with great teams, exciting games, star players and, usually, plenty of upsets.
A great weekend of hoops culminated in Sunday’s selection show. With the field set, the real madness can begin.
It’s going to take a really good team to beat Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. And that’s because the Cavaliers certainly aren’t going to beat themselves.
The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year last season is averaging 17.9 points per game (second in the conference), 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and two steals for the 22-6 Spartans.
The Friars are now legitimately in the NCAA picture after five consecutive victories including wins over Creighton and Xavier.
Luckily for the Panthers and Irish, they’re very familiar with Jim Boeheim’s defense from their days in the Big East. For everyone else in the ACC, dealing with the Orange’s vaunted zone is going to be an absolute headache.
The easy question is to ask if Ohio State is better than Baylor, but the real question should ask if Michigan State is better than Oklahoma State. That is the most important question over the next few weeks, but it will not matter if Alabama and Florida State run the table to collide in Pasadena.