This year, the NCAA tournament has lived up to it name, absolute “MADNESS!” You have Virginia Commonwealth University representing the Southwest region, University of Kentucky from the East region, University of Connecticut from the West region and Butler University from Southeast region to round up the Final Four finalists remaining in the NCAA tournament. This year’s Final Four teams have to be the one of the most unique collection of teams in several years.
The highest ranked team remaining in the tournament is the University of Connecticut, led by the sensational play of Kemba Walker. The Huskies closed the regular season on a high note by winning five games in five days to win the Big East Conference tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Heading towards the final two games of the tournament, fatigue will be a major concern considering the amount of games they have played in a short period of time. However if they continue their spectacular play, they could be cutting down the nets in Houston.
The dark horse of these final teams is definitely Virginia Commonwealth University, whom benefitted from the expanded NCAA tournament selection to 68 teams. However, their selection in to the tournament sparked outrage across the country due to what people described as a lack of necessary credentials to be competitive in the tournament. However the Rams have over achieved throughout the tournament so far, beating sixth seeded Georgetown, number three seed Purdue, tenth seeded Florida State and number one seed Kansas. The most impressive part of the Rams’ run in the tournament has been their poise and competitive demeanor in every game in the tournament which was highly criticized heading into the tournament.
Butler University, the only familiar team from last year’s “cinderella” run to the title game in which the fell short, are on track to repeat last year’s performance and they hope to be the one’s cutting down the nets this year. They are led by Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard, whom were both part of the team that lost in the title game last year. The Bulldogs have continued the impressive play throughout the tournament and they have a great chance to return back to the title game and seal the deal this time.
The number four seeded University of Kentucky rounds up the Final Four teams. Coming from a good 2009-2010 campaign with 5 players being lost to the NBA Draft, the Wildcats have not only over achieved but they have outperformed their predecessors. Led by freshman Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins with Josh Harrellson anchoring the paint, they are definitely to beat in my opinion. Approaching these last two games, they need to address the depth of the team in order to be much more effective.