How did your bracket go? How many of your teams made it to the Final Four? Did anyone have both Texas Tech and Auburn in the Final Four for the first time? I know I didn’t.
Duke was my last chance to even get more points in the tournament challenge until they lost to Michigan State by one point. The Final Four is set, and we will be crowning a National Champion on Monday in Indianapolis, but who will it be?
We have the experienced Michigan State Spartans coached by Tom Izzo looking to get their first title in 19 years! Yes, you heard it right! It’s been nearly two decades since the Spartans cut down the net in the big dance and this year may be the year for them.
We also have the first-timers in the Final Four like all three of the remaining teams. Virginia is coming off the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history a year ago after they became the first No. 1 team to lose to a 16th seed. This year, they bounced back with a great tournament and are in a fierce battle with the Auburn Tigers.
I had Auburn getting upset by New Mexico State in the first round, and we were all close to seeing that. I also picked Michigan to beat Texas Tech and make their way to the Final Four.
I had picked one team from each of the power five conferences (excluding PAC-12) to make it. I didn’t choose the right teams. My four were Duke, Michigan, Kansas, and Tennessee with Kansas-Duke in the National Championship game. So, I was praying for Duke to win against Michigan State.
I did pick a few of the upsets right though: Liberty over Mississippi State, Murray State over Marquette, Oregon over Wisconsin, and Florida over Nevada. There were also upsets I got wrong like Belmont over Maryland, Georgia State over Houston and then Iowa State, and Arizona State over Buffalo. You can look at more from the rest of the participants in the bracket challenge as we look to see who wins.
We only had one of out of 10 brackets pick Virginia winning it all, while three people had them making the Final Four. The one person who chose Virginia was Brandon Hudson of The Hudson Hornet. Brandon is also the only viewer outside of Fourth Quarter Sports and a few of our friends to partake in the bracket challenge, and that’s why we are giving him this shout out like a promised the winner would get. Brandon hasn’t won yet, but for his appreciation to us, we’d like to extend ours!