Tony Bennett reflects on his fathers '00 Final Four run

Posted April 07, 2019

The 2019 NCAA Tournament is winding down as there are just two games remaining. He'll have his hands full with the Michigan State Spartans, but he looks more than ready for the moment. "Just being here for the first time and making history, we know it's so special". They have been the first team to 20 points in three of their first four contests. The over/under is a prediction of the final combined score of both teams.

So here at the Final Four, a destiny long deferred, it isn't easy to tell, outwardly, just how validating this is for Bennett.

For now, Izzo will return his focus to coaching as the Spartans hope to qualify for the National Championship for the first time since 2009.

The two teams played extremely fast, flying through the first half in almost 38 minutes.

They lost in Minneapolis in 2001, but MSU fans have better memories.

The Red Raiders are 6-0 ATS in in their last six Saturday games.

For Auburn, Okeke had developed into the team's most well-rounded player. But junior guard Jared Harper scored 26 points and senior guard Bryce Brown added another 24, as Auburn used their speed to beat Kentucky and advance to the Final Four.

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What a difference a year makes. It's also schematically. The week to prepare highly favors Virginia coach Tony Bennett's analytical style to Bruce Pearl's strength as a motivator. Virginia has not played anywhere close its to peak throughout the tournament.

Indeed. Beard took over an NCAA tournament team in 2016.

The Cavaliers avoided a repeat of their 2018 NCAA Tournament loss by beating Gardner-Webb 71-56. Virginia then faced the Purdue Boilermakers in the Elite Eight in what was easily the best game of the tournament so far. Saturday's game will be Auburn's first-ever appearance in the national semifinals. Jerome, in particular, was scorching from the field, scoring 21 points and hitting 4-9 shots from three. Virginia seems to be the team of destiny this season, especially with heavy favorite Duke being knocked out already.

No. 1 Virginia advanced to the national championship as boos rained down on the U.S. Bank Stadium.

Cross has a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Appalachian State University and a Master's in English and Education from Radford University in Virginia. "Texas Tech will switch and deny".

Major props to anyone who picked a Final Four that included No. 1 Virginia, No. 5 Auburn, No. 2 Michigan State and No. 3 Texas Tech. Read our latest stories about head coach Chris Beard, star sophomore Jarrett Culver and the rest of the Tech program below. They easily beat Northern Kentucky 72-57 before dispatching Buffalo 78-58.

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The Red Raiders contest against Gonzaga did go over 137.5 as the two teams combined for 144 points (75-69). They are a win away from matching a school record for victories.

Guard Matt McQuaid is considered the team's best defender.

The Spartans are very good, but the defense of Texas Tech will be the difference. First, though, we need to get through the Final Four games.

"I coined a phrase for Joshua", Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "There are Spartans all over the country". But they had no issue out-rebounding the Tigers 41-34, eventually winning 80-63.

Michigan State is not a team that typically thrives from three-point range. "It's two tough defenses".

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