NCAA Basketball Tournament - Nailing Down The Final Four (Open Thread)

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on March 29th, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Alright, folks, we've got half of the Final Four - we'll know the other half today. On CBS, we have:

2:20 PM - Michigan State vs. Louisville (line is MSU -2.5, I think)

5:05 PM - Duke vs. Gonzaga (line is Duke -2.0, last I saw)

My picks in the ESPN Bracket were Louisville and Duke, but I have MSU and Gonzaga in my yearly "chaos bracket" too. 



March 29th, 2015 at 2:34 PM ^

as they immediately jumped out at me as a very underrated seed in the weakest region that could very well make it out.  Once they took out Virginia (not a shock, Virginia played a very favorable unbalanced ACC schedule) and Villanova fell (not a shock, while Villanova "took care of business" very nicely during the season, they didn't exactly face Murderer's Row), MSU became the plurality favorite to make it to the Final Four.

You never know, but my gut says their lucky draw ends in the next round against Duke.  

Maize and Blue…

March 29th, 2015 at 5:12 PM ^

Louisville just cheated us out of the National Championship two lousy years ago, yes, it was the refs, but Louisville was the recipients, it made me happy to see their tears today. In a way, little brother extracted a small level of revenge for us, and I hate Louisville, Kentucky, and Duke more than MSU, but that is just me.


March 29th, 2015 at 2:26 PM ^

This Louisville-MSU game is going to set basketball back 20 years.  Such a contrast from the great Wisconsin-Arizona game.


March 29th, 2015 at 2:51 PM ^

If you think they would have beaten Arizona you are crazy.  The fact they they got put in the weakest bracket is luck its not skill.  When the brackets were released everyone pointed to that as far and away the weakest bracket.  

Had they been the seven seed in Gonzaga or Arizona's bracket they are out in the second round.  No rational person would argue otherwise.  

This isn't just hate for Sparty.  People said that UCLA got to the sweet 16 because they got a very fortunate draw.  All those people aren't UCLA haters.

ND is a rival and I think most would say their performance was very impressive, much more so than Sparty's.



March 29th, 2015 at 6:24 PM ^

Have you noticed that MSU has taken both ND and Wisconsin to overtime this year?   Keep hating, but my goodness, think things through a bit.  MSU has flaws, but you act like blind luck got them to the final four this year.  Or made them lose in the BTT final in overtime.  Or beat Maryland and OSU in the BTT.


Whatever.  Hate away.  MSU is in the final four.................. Again.


March 29th, 2015 at 2:28 PM ^

If nothing else, I have to hear the story that is behind the name Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn. They promised to tell it at some point. 

It has only been 4 minutes, but the anticipated plodding start to this game definitely materialized.