Saturday, March 28, 2015

March Madness - Who Will Advance To Indy?

The stage is set for the eight teams remaining in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament with a shot at getting to the Final Four in Indianapolis next weekend.
The two games slated for later today include Wisconsin taking on Arizona in a "rematch" of last year's national quarter final that saw Wisconsin move to the Final Four. The nightcap game will feature the overwhelming tourney favorite Kentucky Wildcats (unbeaten at 37-0) facing the feisty Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Sunday games will have two surprising teams squaring off in the East Regional final when Michigan State faces Louisville and then in the South Regional final Duke takes on Gonzaga, which will be seeking their first ever Final Four trip.
In today's games, no doubt many would be surprised if the Fighting Irish "shock the world" and knock off the top ranked Wildcats, who feature four players listed at 6-10 or taller in their lineup.
The Irish will rely on their three-point shooting to draw the Kentucky defense outside the paint to create opportunities inside for their big men. The 'Cats will simply attempt to do what has worked all season for them to advance next weekend.
Meanwhile, out west the Wisconsin Badgers will play the Arizona Wildcats in what should be a nail biter, much like last year's game.
Both teams play stellar defense and can either run the open court with a fast break style offense or slow it down and run the set offense and also rely on three-point shooting to win the game.
In the Sunday games, who knows what to expect when Michigan State takes on the Louisville Cardinals as both teams weren't expected to even be here at this stage of the tournament. Both teams are led by legendary coaches with championship rings.
The Spartans have Tom Izzo and Louisville is led by Rick Pitino. These two have faced off once before in the 2009 Elite Eight round of the tournament. Izzo's Spartans advanced and eventually made it to the championship game, where they lost to North Carolina.
The game may very well go down to the wire as so many games have thus far in this year's version of March Madness.
The Duke and Gonzaga game will be an interesting match up as the number-one and number-two seeds go at it in the South Regional final.
The Blue Devils have looked solid during the three wins so far as have the Zags in their three victories. Look for an up and down the court battle that should go back and forth as they seek to get to the Final Four next week.


Wisconsin 77, Arizona 76

Kentucky 68, Notre Dame 60

Michigan State 63, Louisville 59

Duke 78, Gonzaga 72

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