Not since Jimmy Chitwood and the picket fence has there been so much excitement in the heart of the Hoosier state heading into a championship weekend.
The Butler Bulldogs proved their current winning streak in 2010 was no mirage and bulldozed their way through the West Region. Brad Stevens preached defense over offense and locked down the big boys of Syracuse and Kansas State. The 'Dogs reward is one more weekend in their carriage that will only need to travel seven miles down the road to the site of the 2010 NCAA Final Four.
Michigan State escaped the Midwest Region thanks to one clutch free throw off the hand of Raymar Morgan. Now for the sixth time since 1999, Tom Izzo has led his Spartans to the Final Four. Michigan State plays a smaller line-up, as nobody stands taller than 6-foot-8, but this team is still one of the best rebounding teams in the nation. Izzo and company came up one win shy of greatness inside Ford Field this time last year, so don’t be surprised if the revenge factor pushes them to the top.
Bob Huggins will have his best track suit finely pressed before making the trip to Indy. His West Virginia squad found the range from behind the arc in the Elite Eight as Kentucky started off 0-20 from the land of three. The Big East champions hope to add another trophy to their case in Morgantown. The Mountaineers just hope a net is veiled over it.
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Baylor may be the better “team”, but Duke had the better shooters Sunday night in Houston. The Blue Devils in your face defense flustered the Bears guards and larger than life front line. On the other end of the court, Nolan Smith caught fire and Lance Thomas wreaked havoc on the offensive boards. Now Coach K and company return back to the Final Four for the first time since 2004. Duke has managed to live by the three through the first four games of the tournament. The Blue Devils hope the Mountaineers defense doesn’t kill their chances come Saturday night.
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Out of the remaining foursome, the Duke Blue Devils are the odds-on favorite to chop down the nets come Monday night. Coach K’s crew have a 44.4-percent chance of winning the title.
The Mountaineers have the next best shot based on our 2000 simulations at 28.4-percent . Michigan State is once again an underdog at the Final Four at 18.9-percent , but they did slay the dragon in UConn this time last year. The Butler Bulldogs will once again have to prove the computers wrong if they want any crack at a national championship. The ‘Dogs have an 8.9-percent chance of winning the title.
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- East Region - #1 seed - Kentucky
- Midwest Region - #1 seed - Kansas
- West Region - #1 seed - Syracuse
- South Region - #1 seed - Duke
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