Friday, March 25, 2016

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Elite Eight

With the sweet sixteen games over, there are only eight teams left with four games to be played out over the weekend to determine the final four. The eight sweet sixteen games did not all turn out to be as competitive as I'd thought they would be but there were definitely a few close ones. 


The two teams that will have a chance to represent the East region in the final four are the 1 and 2 seed in their bracket. Kansas has been my pick since the beginning so I'm glad that they are going. I was a bit surprised that 2 seed Villanova has made it this far but they have proven that they deserved their ranking. 


A curious thing about this March Madness stuff but the two teams that remain in the West Region are the 1 and 2 seed. Oregon beat Duke by quite a few and Oklahoma didn't see too much of a challenge from Texas A&M. Oregon and Oklahoma will face off on Saturday at 6pm. I'm going with the 2 seed on this one but I would be foolish to count out Oregon yet. However, I think Oklahoma will be in the Final Four. 


The Midwest region has a bit more variety though the 1 seed also made it to the elite eight in a tough Virginia Cavaliers team. The 10 seed Syracuse Orange had a tough game against Gonzaga but pulled it out in the final seconds to have a chance to play for the Final Four. I thought Syracuse wouldn't do so good so they are definitely a team to watch out for. I will stick with my choice of Virginia after Michigan State dropped out so early but Syracuse could give them a challenge. 


The East finished up late this evening hence why I write about them last. Even now there are a few second left in the UNC vs Indiana game but with the Tar Heels having a double digit lead and only second left, I think I'm safe concluding a North Carolina win. They will go on to face Notre Dame who just barely squeezed by Wisconsin. I picked this wrong but foresaw the Fighting Irish going far. It will be interesting to see if they have what it takes to go to the Final Four.

With the final eight teams decided and only a total of seven games left, this awesome basketball journey is coming to an end. It's interesting that four of the teams on one side of the bracket are all from the ACC. The Big 12 has two as well. I really enjoyed the whole process and look forward to a few great games to conclude it!

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