Alright alright people, yes, words were spoken about how a dream matchup between Duke and North Carolina would end up being the National Championship Finals game and brackets were taken almost to that extreme but well, if you’re a NCAA basketball fan like me then you know a little about heartbreak in the form of upsets. North Carolina? They’re gone. Duke? They’re gone too, CFU? They got taken out by Duke in one of the best games in all of the Championship. One by one all of the true favorite teams to take it all have fallen off the wagon and now we are left with two pride and true contenders, Michigan State and Virginia and two up and comers who could very well just decide to go for it all, Auburn and Texas Tech. So what can expect from the matchups this weekend and the final game, well let’s talk some college hoops.
I’m not going to say Virginia’s path to the Final Four has been an easier one than Auburn’s but facts do speak very clearly. While Virginia made their way to the Final Four facing the likes of Gardner-Webb, Oklahoma and Oregon, all lower tier teams in the brackets Auburn had a whole other story to deal with. Auburn had to dance with and knock out of the competition three of the strongest programs in all of NCAA basketball to assure themselves a spot in the Final Four. First they took out the Kansas Jayhawks in the round of 32, not satisfied with that they went on to take out fan favorite North Carolina in the Sweet 16 round, breaking everyone’s brackets along the way. Finally in order to punch their ticket into the Final Four and to show that they were not joking around here they went on to take out Kentucky, making them the perfect giant slayer of the tournament.
Now against Virginia, who is by far the best defensive team that Auburn has faced so far, the Tigers will have to do whatever it is they did against Kansas, NC and Kentucky and double that, but if you really take into consideration their path there is no real way in which you can’t take Auburn over Virginia. So I’m calling it right now, Auburn will knock Virginia out, making their case as giant slayers of this tournament even more believable and they will go to the final game of the championship.
On the other hand we have the Izzo original Michigan State Spartans facing off with the Izzo inspired Texas Tech Red Raiders. Why Izzo original and Izzo inspired you may ask? Well it’s very simple, Tom Izzo, the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans, a true born winner in the college basketball circuit will be facing someone who could be called a fan of Tom Izzo but more along the lines of a Tom Izzo Connosseur, Texas Tech’s coach Chris Beard. The Red Raiders went through their fair share of ridiculously tough opponents in order to get here, getting rid of the Michigan Wolverines and the Gonzaga Zags along the way. Texas Tech’s true talent, spirit and heart that could take them over the top against Michigan State relies on one player, one of the two best players left in the tournament, guard Jarrett Culver. If Culver plays another amazing game and carries the Red Raiders all the way to the end of the line we could be in for yet another thrilling upset.
Should we count out Michigan State out then? Hell no we shouldn’t. Tom Izzo’s team is so damn good in being a solid unit of great defensive rebound stricken basketball that it would be a fallacy to not fully grasp the fact that the Spartans are the best bet here to move on. Cassius Winston, the Spartans best player and the other best player in the tournament apart from Culvert should be on point again tonight as he leads Michigan State to another win like the ones they got against LSU and the top favorite team to take it all Duke. If Michigan State was able to take out Zion Williamson and Duke how can you not take them to get into the Championship game? It’s a ridiculous thought. Take the Spartans, their pedigree and swag will take out the Texas Tech hopefulls.
Last but not least come Finals time, it’s either in my opinion the Spartans efectiveness against the Tigers heart and explosiveness. Would you take the team with the best record in the tournament, or the team who took out Duke? If it was me, I would take the guys that took out the team who could beat Duke, North Carolina, so take Auburn, they deserve the cherry on top of the best tournament run in their school history.