NCAA March Madness Tournament: Final Four is Set


Patrick Smith

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Joe Monorig, Contributing Writer

Indianapolis, Indiana, the set bubble location of the 2021 March Madness tournament has not been a letdown this year. It has been an exciting run for some teams and devastating heart breaks for others. It’s been an interesting year with COVID-19 affecting a lot of teams throughout this season.

March Madness has been wild with many underdog teams making Cinderella’s runs for the title. #15 Oral Roberts was a team to look out for after wiping out #2 Ohio State in the first round of the tournament. #12 Oregon State a great run as well after losing to #2 Houston in the Elite 8 to end their run. Once again, the famous Sister Jean and Loyola Chicago had a strong playoff run but came to a disappointing end after losing to Oregon State in the Sweet 16. It doesn’t matter what speed you are because when it’s March Madness anything goes; we saw #1 Illinois exit early in the tournament losing in the round of 32.

Breaking down the Final Four

At the beginning of the week, the Elite 8 commence and finally the Final Four is set. Here’s the breakdown from the Elite 8 and what to watch for going into the Final Four.

Are the Zags Unstoppable?

The first question is can anybody stop Mark Few and his Gonzaga team? The Zags are the only undefeated team this year with a 30-0 record and looking to be the first team to go perfect and win the tournament since Bob Knight and his Indiana Hoosiers did it in 1976. This team has been a force with the help of Jalen Suggs, Drew Timme, and Corey Kispert.

The Cinderella run continues for UCLA

From the East region #11 UCLA upsets #1 Michigan, the game came down to the wire with Michigan having two great looks but both shots rattled out and the hopes were lost for the Wolverines. UCLA’s sophomore guard Johnny Juzang finished with 28 points putting the Bruins on their back.

How about them Bears!

In the South Region, a clash between #1 Baylor and #3 Arkansas occurred and it was an exciting one. The No. 1 seed Baylor is dancing their way to the Final Four after a battle against #3 Razorbacks of Arkansas. The Bears are back in the Final Four for the first time in 71 years. Baylor has done phenomenal this season with sealing the deal and closing out games when they need to. Four players with double digits for the Bears. A key player to watch for is Junior guard Davion Mitchell his ability to create offensive opportunities, attack the lane, and a huge role in his defensive play.

Houston we are heading to the Final Four.

In the Midwest region, #2 Houston defeated #12 Oregon State in a tight one. The Cougars reach their first Final Four since 1984. It was a very back and forth game, the Beavers went on to come back on a 17-5 run to tie up the game. However, Houston pulled away by making great shot selections and dominating the glass. Kelvin Sampson the head coach of the Houston Cougars has done a brilliant job of building this program back up and with the accomplishments, they have had so far. Two key players to look at for the Cougars are Marcus Sasser who score 20 and Quentin Grimes who dropped 18 points.

It’s going to be a very electrifying Final Four this year and with each team fighting for the number one goal win the “Big Dance” The Final Four begins Sat April 3rd starting with #2 Houston vs #1 Baylor tipoff starting at 5:14 on CBS following that game is #11 UCLA vs #1 Gonzaga tipoff starting at 8:34 pm on CBS.