Once we get beyond this weekend, we can all take a breather for the March Madness event. The Final Four doesn’t get under way until the 4th of April, so the teams that triumph this weekend will have plenty of time to recover and look forward to their next game. Of course, there is still a great deal of action to get through before then because this is the weekend of the Elite 8!
Yes, NCAA basketball betting fans have four big games taking place this weekend as teams battle it out in the Regional Finals. There is a great deal of pride to take from being the best team in your Region but of course, once you get to this stage, all you want to focus on is getting to the Final Four and then the Championship game.
Louisville 75 – North Carolina State 65
The lowest remaining seed in the tournament, the 8th seeds of North Carolina State have been removed from the tournament thanks to number 4 seeds Louisville Cardinals coming good with a 75-65 win. The Cardinals can still dream of reaching their third final in four years and even though they had to come from behind, they looked good value in the end for the win. This win sees Louisville reaching the Regional Finals for the 14th time in their history.
Terry Rozier, the Louisville guard, grabbed a double-double in this game with 17 points and 14 rebounds. He also managed to offer up 4 assists in the win.
Michigan State 62 – Oklahoma 58
The number 7 seeds from Michigan State are still causing shocks in this tournament with number 3 seeds being discarded at the Sweet 16 stage. This is the 12th time that the Spartans have reached the Elite Eight stage in their history, and this is the 9th time that head coach Tom Izzo has taken them there. The results on Friday mean that Michigan State are now the lowest ranked seeds in the tournament. The loss of Oklahoma means that there are no Big 12 teams remaining in the tournament.
Duke 63 – Utah 57
The Utah defence spent their time focusing on Jahil Okafor and they did a good job of limiting his impact in the game but Justise Winslow took the opportunity to fire Duke into the Elite 8. This is the 20th time that Duke have reached the Regional Final and it is the 14th time that head coach Mike Kryzewski has taken them there. Winslow grabbed 21 points and offered up 10 rebounds in a double-double game for the player.
Gonzaga 74 – UCLA 62
It took a big showing in the second half but Gonzaga managed to push their way beyond UCLA which means that the Bulldogs are set to enjoy their first Regional Final since 1999. Prezemek Karnowski was the main man for Gonzaga with 18 points and 9 rebounds. The team had lost their last four Regional semi-finals and are now scheduled to take part in their second Regional Final.
The games scheduled for Saturday the 28th of March are:
- Kentucky v Notre Dame
- Wisconsin v Los Angeles
The games scheduled for Sunday the 29th of March are:
- Louisville v Michigan State
- Duke v Gonzaga