Final Four Set In Houston
The men's NCAA Tournament is down to four. Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Syracuse.
Villanova, the south region champion after they knocked off #1 overall seed Kansas looks to continue their winning was as they get set to play Oklahoma and likely player of the year Buddy Hield. These two teams matched up earlier this season and it wasn't anything to be excited about. Oklahoma blew out Villanova by 23, 78-55. The two teams face each other after running the table in their portion of the bracket, each defeating a #1 seed.
The other matchup features a pair of ACC foes as the top seed remaining in the tournament, North Carolina, faces unlikely underdog Syracuse. North Carolina has looked like the best team in the tournament through their four games thus far, even beating Notre Dame to reach the Final Four when the Irish shot over 50 percent inside the 3-point line.
Syracuse has had nothing short of a miraculous run thus far. After blowing out Dayton and Middle Tennessee State in the first two rounds, Syracuse has had back-to-back comeback wins after recovering from a nine point deficit in the last 6:30 to defeat Gonzaga in the sweet 16, then storming back from a second half 16-point hole to beat #1 seed Virginia in what is becoming a bit of a rivalry between the two schools.
#2 Villanova vs #2 Oklahoma
This game is likely to be different from their first meeting. Both teams have had its ups-and-downs since then, but both have had impressive wins on their road to the Final Four. Expect this game to be a lot closer than the previous matchup.
#1 North Carolina vs #10 Syracuse
The ACC is guaranteed a spot to play for a national championship with this matchup. Syracuse is currently a 10-point underdog heading into their third meeting with North Carolina. These teams are familiar with each other and playing the best basketball they have all season. This game, like most ACC games, will likely be a game of runs. The team with the biggest run late in the game will likely be the one that emerges victorious.