Half of the Final Four is set. A couple of fixtures in each year’s NCAA tournament, the Florida Gators and the Wisconsin Badgers, are in the Final Four and awaiting Sunday’s games to see who they will face.
Here are your complete, thorough, Lightly Buzzed recaps of each game.
Florida 62, Dayton 52
The Flyers’ run ended in the Elite Eight – there is no shame in that, of course, and they acquitted themselves nicely against the #1 overall seed. The game got away in the second half, but even then Dayton was able to come back to within single digits. This was a great run by a solid, well-rounded team, so the “Cinderella” word should be bandied about sparingly.
Ultimately Florida was too much. Scott Wilbekin led the way with 23 points.
So we have Florida back in the Final Four. Hopefully it is different than the last time. #neverforget
Wisconsin 64, Arizona 63
In a thrilling overtime game, this one was not short on drama and controversy. We had flagrant foul reviews, out-of-bounds reviews, and a questionable offensive foul call in the final seconds.
7-footer Frank Kaminsky was the hero, scoring 28 points for the Badgers. After the game Kaminsky discussed his goals for Wisconsin:
We want a national championship now. We have made it to the opportunity to get there, so why not go get it?”
It makes you wonder why other teams don’t have that realization: why not go win a national championship?
So Bo Ryan and the Badgers advance, and they’re partying in Madison.
On Sunday the second half of the Elite Eight will take the floor as the University of Connecticut faces Michigan State and the surging Kentucky Wildcats take on the University of Michigan.