By Megan Stapleton
I don’t know about you, but when March rolls around, I am ready to lay down my homework and get in the zone. March means spring break, warmer weather, and the NCAA tournament. I go to a school that does not thrive off of sports, but everyone seems to love March Madness no matter the school they attend. This years tournament was one of the best. It had major upsets and opened up great opportunities for players who never saw a minute during regular season games.
The first team to make it to the Final Four game is Loyola Chicago. Loyola is the 11th ranked seed. They beat Kansas state 78-62 in the elite eight game to win the South Regional. They are one of the lowest ranked teams to ever reach the Final Four. However, it does not mean they cannot compete. Loyola is on fire with a gaming winning streak of fourteen.
Next up is Michigan. They beat Florida State 58-54 to win the West Regional. This is Michigan’s first Final Four appearance since 2013. Michigan was almost knocked out of the tourney in the second round against Houston, but a freshman named Jordan Poole hit a three-point shot on the buzzer to give them the win to move forward.
Villanova returns remaining the favorite to win of the four. They return to the Final Four wanting to win their second national championship in three seasons. They defeated Texas Tech 71-59 to win the East Regional on Sunday.
The last team to win a ticket to the game is Kansas. They defeated Duke 85-81 in overtime to win the Midwest Regional. The Jayhawks found redemption in Malik Newman who scored 32 points against Duke and all 13 in overtime. The Jayhawks last won a National Championship in 2008.
This year’s Final Four group is interesting. It leaves me wondering will the championship be won by an underdog or will it go back to a team who has been here more recently?
The Final Four will be broadcasted on TBS starting March 31.