Saturday took us to the halfway stage in the March Madness Elite Eight and the close of Sunday night, it was concluded. We now have a week of build-up and preparation to the Final Four, but if you are looking for a basketball tournament that serves up plenty of excitement during and in0between games, the March Madness event is exactly what you are looking for. If you want to finish off the tournament in style with respect to March Madness bets, now is the time to carry out your research and develop some ideas on who is going to walk away with the crown.
The two Sunday games offered a great deal of excitement but of course, for two teams, it was the end of the line in the 2015 March Madness event.
Louisville 70 – Michigan State 76
This game went to overtime but in the end, it was the number 7 seeds that had more left in their tank to take the East region title. This will be the ninth time that Michigan State make it into the Final Four and it will be their first visit since 2010.
Denzel Valentine was in excellent form, finishing up with 15 points in the game, while also offering 7 rebounds and 6 assists, which was a game high.
Of the nine Final Four appearances that Michigan State have made, Tom Izzo has been the mad to guide them there seven times. Izzo is a specialist at this level and he is the only coach who has taken three teams with a number 5 seed, or lower, to the Final Four. This is the third time a number 7 seed has made it to the Final Four, with Michigan State following on from Virginia in 1984 and Connecticut in 2014.
Duke 66 – Gonzaga 52
A stunning defensive performance in the second half of this game ensured that Duke were heading to the Final Four and that Gonzaga were going home. In the last 6:39 of the game, the Bulldogs were limited to just 2 points, which meant that Duke clinched their 16th time in the Final Four. Matt Jones was a big player for Duke, grabbing 16 points in the game.
This is the first time that Duke have made the Final Four since reaching the National Championship back in 2010. They will enjoy the trip to Indianapolis as the team has tasted victory there in 1991 and in 2010, which means that half of their National Championships have been won in this state.
So we have three number one seeds and the number 7 seed of Michigan State in the Final Four. All of these teams will be feeling a mixture of joy and relief at getting to this stage of the campaign but there is clearly a lot of kudos due to Michigan State for getting this far in this tournament. It will be a tall order but they should be looking to win their Final Four match and making their dream last even longer!
The Final Four matches, played out on April the 4th are:
- Kentucky v Wisconsin
- Michigan State v Duke
The winners of these two games will meet in the Championship Game taking place on April the 6th.
Indianapolis is the host for the Final Four and Championship Game, and you can expect the area to be rocking as college basketball fans descend on it for the action.