Sports Commentary By: Bennett Rowan
Just like the Round of 64 and the Round of 32, the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite 8 did not disappoint.
There were many thrilling games that kept some team’s hopes alive while killing other one’s dreams.
In the East Region, Wisconsin and Florida matched up in the Sweet Sixteen for one of the most exciting game that has taken place thus far.
After Wisconsin hit a game tying three at the end of regulation to send it to overtime, Florida responded with a game winning three of their own as the final buzzer sounded.
Also in the East Region South Carolina faced off against Baylor where the Gamecocks demolished the Bears by twenty points.
In the Elite Eight matchup, South Carolina snuck by the Gators to make it to their first ever Final Four appearance. This number seven seed has been playing well all tournament and hope to continue to ride their star play Sindarius Thornwell.
In the Midwest Region, Kansas destroyed Purdue in the Sweet Sixteen, while Oregon ended Michigan’s magical run in the final seconds of their game.
Kansas and Oregon met in the Elite 8, and Oregon stunned everyone. Kansas was a huge favorite in this year’s tournament, but the Ducks ended all possibilities of another Jayhawks Championship.
In the West Region, Gonzaga beat West Virginia by three, while Xavier busted many brackets and beat Arizona by two.
Gonzaga and Xavier then met in the Elite 8, and the Zags showed why they are a number one seed, beating Xavier in an impressive fashion.
In the South Region, both Kentucky and UNC rolled past UCLA and Butler, respectively, with not much of a challenge standing in their way.
UNC and Kentucky played in the Elite 8, and it was definitely a thriller. After coming from behind, Malik Monk of Kentucky nailed a three pointer with 7 seconds remaining to tie the game. While most people thought the game would be sent to overtime, Luke Maye of UNC had other plans.
Maye received a pass and nailed a deep two point shot at the end of the game to lift the Tar Heels over the Wildcats.
UNC and Gonzaga are the only two number one seeds to make this year’s Final Four.
In the Final Four, South Carolina will face Gonzaga and Oregon will face UNC.
These four teams look to bring home a championship to their school.