ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale gave his thoughts on Texas Tech and Virginia making the NCAA championship and explained why he feels that the refs’ missed a key call at the end of Auburn-Virginia.
The Final Four brings together two teams that haven’t played in the marquee culmination of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament (Texas Tech and Auburn), one that hasn’t been here since 1984 (Virginia) and a Final Four veteran coach in Tom Izzo of Michigan State.
Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo is the only coach to reach eight Final Fours in the last 21 years, but he only has one NCAA title. But a third NCAA championship for the Spartans could give MSU an argument to join the college basketball blueblood club.
Auburn University freshman Chase Maasdorp, an Out-of-Door Academy alumnus from the Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida area, has a front-row seat as a Tigers walk-on player during the program’s historic Final Four run through the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
There is, at least, a clash of styles that should make for entertaining Final Four viewing: patient Virginia and frantic Auburn, veteran Michigan State and smothering Texas Tech. The basketball always rises above whatever else is going on.
The newly minted Final Four of this year’s men’s NCAA Tournament is missing an elite blue blood program. It is missing a charming Cinderella team. It is missing Zion Williamson. No matter. What we are getting is for the most part refreshingly unexpected, and that’s good.
Barack Obama has made filling out a March Madness bracket an annual tradition. This wasn’t a year to remember. The former President missed on all four of his Final Four picks in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
This was an unlikely group of Michigan State Spartans to take down the No. 1-seed Duke Blue Devils. No. 2-seed MSU survived a pair of early departures in the offseason and a key injury to reach the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four.
The Auburn Tigers defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 77-71 in overtime to capture the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional championship at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Auburn advances to the first Final Four in program history.
NBA stars react to Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, who poured in 42 points, and the overtime thriller that Virginia won to head to the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Duke star Zion Williamson affects NCAA tournament ticket prices. It’s that simple. The cheapest ticket for a Sweet 16 game is in the Midwest Region in Kansas City, while the East Region in Washington D.C. is more. Way more.