Get In The Game 3-31-10

NCAA Tournament

"Yes, March Madness" continues to be an understatement in the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament, as the upsets continue to pile up.

At the East Regional at Syracuse, the number-five seeded West Virginia Mountaineers knocked off another number-one seed, beating Kentucky, 73-66, to reach their first Final Four since the legendary Jerry West pulled it off back in 1959.

With the Kentucky loss, Duke remains the only number-one seeded team still standing.

Led by coach Bob Huggins, who returns to his alma mater after having brought Cincinnati to a Final Four appearance, West Virginia played a flawless game in beating the number-two overall seeded Wildcats.


In another upset, but then again, are they really upsets at this point, the number-five seeded Butler knocked off number-two seeded Kansas State in the West Regional Final, sending the Bulldogs to their first-ever Final Four appearance.

Butler had the lead for nearly the entire game, but a late, K-State run tied the game late, but the Bulldogs didn't fold, scoring the games' last eight points to become the first true, mid-major school to reach the Final Four since 2006's George Mason improbable run.

Gordon Hayward was a monster for the Bulldogs with 22 points, while Shelvin Mack added 16 points and six rebounds in the win.


In the Midwest regional, which was full of upsets (Number-one seeded Kansas, gone. Number-two seeded Ohio State, also gone. Number-three seeded Georgetown, also gone) number-five seeded Michigan State outlasted number-six seeded Tennessee, 70-69, to advance to the Final Four.

Michigan State's Raymar Morgan hit a free throw with less than two seconds left to clinch the win.

However, Michigan State is certainly no surprise, as coach Tom Izzo has led the Spartans to 13 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, seven Elite Eight appearances, five Final Fours, two championship-game appearances and one national championship in 2000. I believe coach Izzo knows what he is doing.

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