Well, it is officially the end of the Sweet 16/Elite 8 weekend of action. We did get some excitement from the Sweet 16, but also some pretty forgettable games.
These past two days although were entertaining to say the least. Nothing short of ELITE with the final eight teams remaining. Two overtime games, and the other two coming down to the final minute. The highest-seed being No. 5 Auburn, who seem reluctant at first to get out of the opening round, but look like one of the hottest teams going into the Final Four after its defeat of 2-seeded Kentucky today. Good for Bruce Pearl getting War Eagle this far. Love or hate him, he is one of the best coaches in the country.
An all-time matchup and finish today between Duke and Michigan State. Coach K and Tom Izzo! This game was helping me get through the mockery it was of the New York Yankees losing two out three games to a minor league team. Anyways, it sure was a head scratcher how uninvolved Zion Willamson was in the final seconds. The good news for him is he is off to the NBA to start a new chapter of what should be great professional career, and Coach K has to live with coming up that short for the next seven months.
But wow, how about the Virginia Cavaliers? Victims to the biggest upset in NCAA March Madness history last season as the 1-seed to 16-seed UMBC. FACING those fears once again in this year’s tournament down eight points at halftime to 16-seed Gardner-Webb. But, have stepped on the peddle ever since and are back to the Final Four as the last 1-seed remaining. Purdue definitely did not make it easy on them, with an all-time great 42-point performance coming from Carsen Edwards. Virginia’s Kihei Clark perhaps with one of the most heads-up play in March Madness history with his full-court heave to Mamadie Diakite in the finals seconds in regulation as Diakite’s jumper at the buzzer sends it into overtime.
Texas Tech. A team I actually heard to keep an eye on before the tournament. Playing hellacious defense and having no fear of anyone, even the 1-seed Gonzaga. Much deserved trip to the Final Four for the first time in program history.
Sure there is no Zion and Duke, or UNC and Kentucky. But I believe we are in for a fun Final Four of action. But I would also be lying if I didn’t say I’m ready for The Masters, on CBS.