The Final Four in Minneapolis. Two wins away from glory.
After narrow wins in the Elite Eight, the Auburn Tigers and Virginia Cavaliers meet with a berth in the national championship game at stake. Neither team has had an easy path to this point, but those are in the rearview mirror now. All that matters is the opponent on the other sideline, and Bruce Pearl and Tony Bennett are two of the best in getting their squads to focus on just that.
The Purdue Boilermakers and the Virginia Cavaliers do have some things in common. They both won their respective conference regular-season championship this year, they both received top-three seeds in this year's NCAA Tournament, they're looking to end their Final Four droughts (1980 for Purdue, 1984 for Virginia) and they're both looking for their first-ever national championship. But that's where the similarities end. Both teams thus far have surpassed Tournament expectations.
Virginia is finally living up to expectations in the postseason. Can the Cavaliers keep it going while facing an Oregon team that is embracing a rare underdog role? That's a question that doesn't offer an easy answer.
Tony Bennett’s vision for his program is now deeply rooted. Virginia will be one of the nation’s top defensive teams yet again this season, if not the best. But what makes this year’s installment of the Cavaliers so intriguing is the offensive firepower and depth they can call upon to complement Bennett’s famed pack-line defense.
Once the 68-team field for the 2018 NCAA Tournament was announced on Sunday night, there were millions of people filling out brackets for office pools, websites or just for fun with their friends. Each year there is a favorite to cut down the nets in April.
Everyone knows about the Virginia Cavaliers, Duke Blue Devils, and Kansas Jayhawks, but who are some of the other hot teams headed into the Big Dance?
The first week of the NCAA Tournament has come and gone, and we have cut down the field to the Sweet 16. Northern Iowa, Stephen F. Austin and Middle Tennessee tried their best to play the role of Cinderella, but the clock has struck midnight on the mid-majors, as the Sweet 16 has turned into a battle of the college basketball big boys — including a record six ACC teams.
Day one of the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament brought us a smattering of exciting upsets and fantastic finishes. From Arkansas-Little Rock's double overtime rally against Purdue to Yale's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, college basketball fans got to enjoy the type of moments that make March Madness so captivating. And that was just on Thursday.
For the second time in three seasons, the Virginia Cavaliers will enter the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. Virginia, top seed in the Midwest Region, will take on the Hampton Pirates in the first round in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday.