Congratulations to LSU, UCLA, George Mason, and Florida, for reaching the Final Four.
I can honestly say that I am only surprised at GMU making to the final set, the rest are very good solid teams that you can never count out, especially in this era of parity. The interesting thing is, of those that remain, there are no number one seeds left and perennial media darlings Duke and UConn are out. (If Duke would have won a championship every year that Dick Vitale has picked them to, they'd have UCLA beat by now.)
I am not sure who will win it. But there are four teams left and all four have earned the right to be there, that much is for sure. My sentimental favorite is UCLA. Living in the LA area as a boy, I thought the NCAA Tournament was the UCLA Invitational, for years. Those days are now gone, but they do have a bunch that can play defense. How else can we explain one of the best team of athletes (Memphis) around, scoring only 45 points in a 40 minute game (that's a little over one point a minute)? With that kind of defense, all that was needed was a "whopping" 50, by the Bruins.
I did not see the LSU-Texas game, but form what I have heard from those that did, LSU looked pretty good. I did see them beat Duke and they looked pretty good doing it, from my vantage point. (My favorite time of the tournament is, when Duke gets eliminated.)
Florida looks like they are serious, as well. The height advantage really helped them stick it to Nova, who just couldn't get the threes going. The inside game was thoroughly dominated by the Gators and George Mason will really have their work cut out for them, on Saturday.
But everyone that has no dog in the fight will most likely be pulling for GMU, the giant killer. Trust me, I have seen them play a little here and there during this tourney, they deserved this bid. They have beat Michigan St., North Carolina, Wichita St., and now the #2 media darling, UConn. A fluke would have been gone by now.
This is one good tournament. So stay tuned.