Louisville started Saturday’s madness off by storming back from an 11-point deficit in the second half to stun Florida.
The Gators led for practically the entire game, unraveling in the last four minutes to allow the Cardinals complete their comeback.
In the nightcap, Ohio State took over the second half of a contest that was all knotted up at 29 after the first period.
The Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft made some big plays, including a no-look save that was one of the best hustle plays I’ve seen in this year’s tourney.
The Fab Melo-less Orange missed the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in this contest, being out-rebounded 37-22. Melo was the team’s top rebounder throughout the season, and his presence likely would have helped prevent Ohio State’s drastic improvement in shooting percentage in the second half.
Kentucky and Baylor will face off today at 2:20 PM, fighting for the chance to take on Louisville in the Final Four.
Kentucky has been easily disposing of the opposition throughout the tournament, and I expect the result to be the same this afternoon. However, it won’t be easy this time, as Baylor is an improved team from last season when they made it to the championship game.
The winner of UNC and Kansas will take on Ohio State next weekend. The Tarheels and Jayhawks will go at it today at 5:50 PM, in what should be a highly competitive matchup.
This one’s going to come down to the last minute, and my gut tells me that Kansas will pull off the W.
The worst remaining seed in this year’s tournament is Louisville, a 4-seed, unlike last year when Baylor made it to the final game as an 8-seed.
Although there has been no Cinderella, the teams that are still standing have certainly been exciting to watch.
The stakes are high, and you can safely bet that every player still in the tournament believes they can take home the championship.
The best games are yet to come. After Sunday’s action, four teams will be left, two victories away from college basketball glory.
E.J. Aguado Jr. is a freelance journalist living in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter at: @ejaguado