TDR: The Final Countdown
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Elite Eight Recap
- No.1 UVa beats No. 3 Purdue in insane game: Game of the tournament would be an understatement. This one was an instant classic with Purdue’s Carsen Edwards scoring 42 points all by himself. It was actually hilarious how many threes he made. But UVa had the fight in them and answered each of his shots. It all came down to the final few seconds when it looked like Purdue had it in the bag, but an improbable buzzer beater from the Hoos sent it into overtime. With those extra five minutes, UVa was able to get the job done and advance to the Final Four. After being the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in the first round last year, the Hoos are rewriting their story and it’s pretty amazing.
- No. 5 Auburn beats No. 2 Kentucky – And hellllooo, Auburn. Star player Chuma Okeke tore his ACL against UNC in the Sweet 16, which was a huge blow to the Tigers. Despite being in a good bit of pain yesterday, he joined his team on the bench (well behind the bench because they poor guy is in a wheelchair) to give them that extra motivational push they needed. His presence worked, and Auburn advanced to their first Final Four ever over Kentucky. This game also went into overtime because we aren’t messing around at this point in the tournament, folks. Also, how crazy is it that Auburn beat Kansas, UNC and Kentucky to get to this point? Those are the three winningest programs of all-time. Pretty impressive stuff. It should, of course, be noted that Bruce Pearl was a sweaty mess through all of this.
- No. 3 Texas Tech over No. 1 Gonzaga – There were lots of end of game dramatics in this one, between a missed call in favor of Texas Tech and a technical foul assessed to a Gonzaga player. Even though Gonzaga was the No. 1 seed, the Red Raiders boasted the No. 1 defense, and it worked in their favor. Texas Tech advanced to its first Final Four in school history prevailing in a v back and forth game. They were expected to finish 7th in the Big 12 this season, and now they are onto the Minneapolis.
- No. 2 Michigan St. puts away No. 1Duke – Finally Duke lost. They eeked out a couple of wins in the Round of 32 and Sweet 16, but Michigan State got the best of them. It was a down to the wire win, and we were all thinking Duke would find some way to escape again. Duke star RJ Barrett had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line, but he only made one of his shots. That was the nail in the coffin for Duke, and their season in the sun. Every announcer and media outlet could not stop talking about Duke’s three freshmen stars (mainly Zion Williamson) all year, and now all of that is finished. Onto the Final Four for the Spartans. Next up in Texas Tech.
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