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- South Region:
Down South we got just about what we expected from these two rounds. Florida flexed its muscle and won the region and did it without too much hassle. UCLA gave them a game but when push came to shove, Florida continued to be the best team in the country and won the South. Tip of the cap to the tournament Cinderella though, the Dayton Flyers, and undersized team that at one point loss four straight games in the Atlantic-10 conference. They had a hell of a run and gave Florida a good game.
- East Region:
WOW! That’s about all I have to say about the East. Coming into the tournament I thought Michigan St. vs. Virginia would ultimately decide the region. Maybe Iowa State could make a run but after Georges Niang went down, I think everyone saw this as a two team race, then Shabazz Napier happened. This young man has gone Kemba Walker and put the Huskies on his back. One thing that really surprised me was, if you saw the UCONN-MSU game, it didn’t look like an upset. UCONN came out and brought the fight to Michigan State and I think they stunned MSU. UCONN is playing with no fear and they believe they can beat anyone. This region was a stunner but I will not be fooled by Shabazz and the Huskies anymore. These boys believe they’re the best, and they just might be.
- West Region:
The only region to give us a chalk Elite 8 matchup and it lived up to the seeding expectation. An overtime game that came down to the buzzer. Wisconsin came out and put Baylor to sleep early in that game and never let them back in it. Meanwhile Arizona was the opposite, as they struggled for much of their game against SDSU. Finally they came to life late and got out of the game with a win. It looked like Arizona might survive the Wisconsin game too but Frank Kaminsky played like a grown man and he might be the key. Wisconsin is much more athletic than I originally believed and they can absolutely fill it up. Bo Ryan is in his first Final Four and his team is capable of taking him all the way.
- Midwest Region:
An eight seed won this region, but these Wildcats are not your average 8 seed. The most talented team in the country is finally clicking on all cylinders. They fought a heck of a Louisville team that was a popular national championship pick. Then beat Michigan in Kentucky’s second “Game of the Tournament” after the Wichita State game earlier. The Harrison brothers are knocking down there shots from everywhere in the gym and Julius Randle looks more and more like Zach Randolph everyday. He’s the driving force behind this team because he cleans up the glass and does the dirty work. John Calipari continues to prove he can get his players right by the tournament comes and he’s got his boys primed and ready to get Kentucky its second championship in the three years.
- Stay tuned, the Final Four and National Champion picks will be here Friday.