The Men’s NCAA Tournament history marked a unique moment with three teams reaching the Final Four for the first time- San Diego State University, Miami, and UConn. It is a moment that has lasted since 1970. The Final Four tournament is set to take place in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, April 1. San Diego State managed to clinch the victory for their maiden Final Four appearance with a hard-fought 57-56 win against Creighton. The Aztecs won convincingly when Blue Jays guard Ryan Nembhard was penalized for fouling Aztecs guard Darrion Trammell with 1.2 seconds left. Trammell was awarded two free throws, and he missed the first but converted the second to clinch the victory.
Miami has had an impressive run with a win over Texas, advancing to their first ever Final Four. The team mounted a comeback after they were trailing by 13 points against Texas. The Hurricane’s guard, Jordan Miller, scored 27 points, whereby he was a perfect 7-7 from the field and 13-13 from the free-throw line. Their win, which came under duress, epitomized their strength and determination as a team.
This year’s men’s NCAA tournament has been different, as no team ranked better than No. 4 has reached the Final Four since seeding began in 1979. This year has seen the emergence of newer teams, bringing a new era of youthful exuberance and surprise compared to the usual rankings of teams in the previous competitions.
Finally, the winners of March Madness will undoubtedly make history at the NCAA Tournament. The level of competition is expected to remain top-notch due to the quality of play seen so far. Despite playing in the Final Four for the first time, it is safe to say that these teams have proved their worth in the tournament and that they can cause upsets in the competition.