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March Madness Notebook: Elite Eight

March Madness Notebook: Elite Eight

The road to the Final Four has officially been paved. Kansas State beat UMBC then took out Kentucky's latest crop of touted freshmen to reach its first regional final since 2010 and second since 1988.

"I'd prefer more games like that", coach John Beilein said afterward.

The top-seeded Jayhawks appeared to have the upper hand at the start of the second half, as they opened on an 11-3 run capped off by Lagerald Vick's three-pointer from the left corner. "I think we all feel that we're a good basketball team, and we have a chance tomorrow for 40 minutes to go prove it". "And for us to get in here, I think it's going to spark conversation about this, and I know the committees have such a hard job".

Loyola-Chicago continued its magical tournament run with a win over Kansas State, while MI outlasted Florida State to earn its spot.

"They can score at all different positions, so we don't have to focus on one person, focus on everybody", Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale said.

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In the NCAA tournament, MI got a comfortable win in their opener against Missouri before needing a buzzer beater in the second round to beat Houston and advance. MI won the only other meeting in 2013 during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Since the field of play expanded to 64 team in 1985, 1 seeds were literally 135-0 and it had only been a close call on a few occasions. How's your bracket looking?

In the East, Jalen Brunson was fantastic in leading top-seeded Villanova past Press, umm, West Virginia in Friday's Sweet 16. The Wildcats faced two double-digit seeds in the first weekend of the tournament. Zone has been the Blue Devils' defense of choice since mid-February.

Texas Tech's Zach Smith, right, defends as Villanova's Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree goes up with the ball during the first half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament regional final, Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Boston. In coach Kelly Graves' fourth year, she has led the Ducks to back-to-back Elite Eight appearances and now hopes to take the next step. "We've got a ton of respect for Kansas State".

For example, this year 17.3 million people in the world filled out a bracket.

In what will quickly become known as the "other" semifinal, it's an upstart vs. another school that knows this road: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago vs. And zero -as in nary a one- got the Elite Eight teams correct.


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