On Sunday we saw the final two games of the Elite Eight. Both were big match-ups between perennial tournament teams. Both matched up a tournament favorite against a lower seeded team making a run. Neither game disappointed.
Connecticut 60, Michigan State 54
It says a lot about how good Michigan State is that they were able to keep this game close because they shot the ball really, really poorly. Please see below for a reenactment of the Spartans’ shooting performance.
Yet they kept this game close and had a chance late. Ultimately though, it was Shabazz Napier and his ridiculous ability to hit contested three-pointers that prevailed. The #7 seeded Connecticut Huskies are headed to the Final Four.
Most the people in your pool are like this now because their bracket just lost its national champ.
Kentucky 75, Michigan 72
Once again Kentucky’s game came down to the final minute, and once again a team full of freshmen showed great composure to come through for the victory.
The story of this game is the winning shot. Check out this ridiculous three-pointer from Aaron Harrison, a shot that fell with only 2.6 seconds remaining in a tie game.
Here’s what I think about with Kentucky: normally this would be an awesome story, right? A #8 seeded team with a lineup that consists of all freshmen has put together a ridiculous run, defeating the #1, #2, and #4 seeds in their region. Normally we would eat that up as a story line, right?
There’s just one problem…
March Madness 2014 continues next weekend with the Final Four: Florida vs. Connecticut and Wisconsin vs. Kentucky.