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The preseason No. 2 team finishes 35-5 and wins 16 in a row to close the season, culminating with a national championship. No dominant team in college basketball this year?
Tonight, the No. 1 overall seed takes on a team once ranked No. 1 and now playing its best basketball. On one side is Louisville, the favorite when the field was announced, trying to keep the national championship trophy in the state of Kentucky.
Even with limited drama—none of the regional finals were particularly thrilling—the NCAA Tournament is a wonderful thing, the perfect blend of fairness and unpredictability.
To measure the unpredictability of this year’s NCAA Tournament, consider two items that didn’t make this column: Gonzaga, a 32-win team on a 15-game win streak, didn’t survive the first weekend, and Harvard, a 14 seed, won its first ever Tournament game.
Yesterday was a relatively drama-free Selection Sunday. Joe Lunardi was a perfect 68 for 68, as Middle Tennessee State, St. Mary’s, Boise State, and La Salle claimed the final spots in the field. Louisville, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Indiana earned the top seeds.
The fact that the Michigan-Wisconsin game was not the wildest of the weekend tells you something – in this case, that there was a five-overtime game. In a week full of upsets, this weekend was no different. In addition to some of the surprises mentioned below, California won at No. 7 Arizona on Sunday.
As Jim Nantz said while confetti rained inside New Orleans’ Superdome, the Kentucky Coronation is complete. The Wildcats, the nation’s best team all season, beat Kansas last night 67-59 for the school’s eighth national championship.
By: Andrew Kahn Saturday’s Final Four action in New Orleans featured two impressive second-half runs by the teams trailing at halftime, but only one was able to complete the comeback. Kansas overcame a nine-point halftime […]
By: Andrew Kahn It all goes so quickly. After an exciting weekend, college basketball is just three games away from deciding its champion. The Final Four, in New Orleans, is set: Kentucky, the lone 1 […]
By Andrew Kahn How’s your bracket looking? Yeah, mine too. The NCAA Tournament got underway on Thursday and, as usual, the results were unpredictable. Other than the four top seeds, no team was safe. That’s […]