Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sports: College Basketball (Elite Eight)

The fight to survive to the Final Four made for four games that ranged in intensity from overtime finales to surprise blowouts. The prominent Cinderella team stayed alive upsetting another team that had survived off an upset as well. The battle of the two biggest Blue Bloods remaining was the most exciting match of the tournament so far; I figured it would be. The top-ranked team of the year is still going strong but they'll face another number one team before they make it to the championship while a battle of the Big Ten champions against the underdog could spell a major surprise.

South
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers took out the Kansas State Wildcats with dominant play including three-pointers and rebounds to just outplay their opponent. Loyola burned a trail of upsets through the South region and now have a chance to pull off an even greater upset. They've already taken out one third-ranked team so I feel like Michigan is a bit of an underdog against this team. I should have known Loyola was going to do something special back when they beat Florida right after they took Duke to the final seconds. I'm not rooting for the Ramblers but I think they'll win. 

West
The Big Ten champions Michigan Wolverines have gotten lucky at points but also had some impressive wins. Florida State took them to the last seconds and there was some controversy around their last-minute foul strategy that could have changed the outcome. The highest ranked team Michigan has beat to make it this far was Houston back in the second round but Texas A&M and the Seminoles were not easy opponents. I think Michigan is the weakest team in the Final Four but I'm rooting for them to win it all.
East
The Villanova Wildcats are the strongest team in the Final Four but it won't be easy to make it to the championship. They do have one of the best players of the year in Jalen Brunson and they made beating Texas Tech, West Virginia, and Alabama look easy. Villanova has a good chance again after winning the championship two years ago but I'm not rooting for them to take it. 

Midwest
Kansas barely survived after a missed shot from Duke and overtime that cut into a pornstar dishing on the president. The Kansas Jayhawks have strengths of their own but they also have weaknesses that Villanova could exploit. Clemson and Seton Hall didn't give Kansas much a challenge but it was not a foregone conclusion that they would make it past Duke. They have survived to play another game but the Final Four may be there last. 

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