Thursday, April 16, 2009

2009 March Madness Final 4 Includes North Carolina, Connecticut, Michigan State and Villanova





Three of the best teams in the country - Louisville,
Pittsburgh and Memphis - have something in common with
three of the worst teams in the country - Grambling, Alcorn
State and New Jersey Tech.

Players from all six will be among the other 343 Division
1-A teams watching the games Saturday (4-4-09) when #1
North Carolina meets #3 Villanova and #1 Connecticut meets
#2 Michigan State to vie for the right to meet in the NCAA
2009 National Championship game during March Madness in
Detroit (MI).

A funny thing happened on the way to the Final 4 in Detroit
- 4 upsets occurred.

No. 2-seed Michigan State dominated #1-seed Louisville in
the second half to win 64-52. No. 3-seed Villanova got a
last second floater from Scottie Reynolds to nip #1-seed
Pittsburgh 78-76. Villanova also crushed #2-seed Duke 77-54
before knocking out Pittsburgh.

No. 3-seed Missouri outscored mighty #2-seed Memphis (33-4
going in) 102-91 in a run-and-gun game without defense. It
was little wonder that Missouri would be ousted by
Connecticut in their Regional Final, 82-75, after the
Huskies ran over Purdue 72-60.

Pittsburgh had its hands full with Xavier, winning 60-55,
and the Panthers' luck ran out against Villanova. North
Carolina rolled over Gonzaga 98-77 and then gave Oklahoma
the stats, played Tar Heel basketball and made it two
in-a-row, winning 72-60.

Coach Roy Williams has North Carolina on a roll, making it
to the Final 4 for the second consecutive year and a record
18th time overall, moving the Tar Heels out of a tie with
UCLA at 17th appearances.

North Carolina has a pedigree to envy with 4 NCAA
Championships (1957, 1982, 1993 and 2005), 27 Atlantic
Coast Conference Season Titles, an overall 73% winning
record, and has the most consecutive 20-win seasons with 31
straight from 1970 through 2001.

Three of the best teams in the country - Louisville,
Pittsburgh and Memphis - have something in common with
three of the worst teams in the country - Grambling, Alcorn
State and New Jersey Tech.

Players from all six will be among the other 343 Division
1-A teams watching the games Saturday (4-4-09) when #1
North Carolina meets #3 Villanova and #1 Connecticut meets
#2 Michigan State to vie for the right to meet in the NCAA
2009 National Championship game during March Madness in
Detroit (MI).

A funny thing happened on the way to the Final 4 in Detroit
- 4 upsets occurred.

No. 2-seed Michigan State dominated #1-seed Louisville in
the second half to win 64-52. No. 3-seed Villanova got a
last second floater from Scottie Reynolds to nip #1-seed
Pittsburgh 78-76. Villanova also crushed #2-seed Duke 77-54
before knocking out Pittsburgh.

No. 3-seed Missouri outscored mighty #2-seed Memphis (33-4
going in) 102-91 in a run-and-gun game without defense. It
was little wonder that Missouri would be ousted by
Connecticut in their Regional Final, 82-75, after the
Huskies ran over Purdue 72-60.

Pittsburgh had its hands full with Xavier, winning 60-55,
and the Panthers' luck ran out against Villanova. North
Carolina rolled over Gonzaga 98-77 and then gave Oklahoma
the stats, played Tar Heel basketball and made it two
in-a-row, winning 72-60.

Coach Roy Williams has North Carolina on a roll, making it
to the Final 4 for the second consecutive year and a record
18th time overall, moving the Tar Heels out of a tie with
UCLA at 17th appearances.

North Carolina has a pedigree to envy with 4 NCAA
Championships (1957, 1982, 1993 and 2005), 27 Atlantic
Coast Conference Season Titles, an overall 73% winning
record, and has the most consecutive 20-win seasons with 31
straight from 1970 through 2001.

This year was unusual though as none of the Final 4 teams
came in as Conference Tournament Champions, thus all 4 are
at-large contestants, marking only the third time it has
happened since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Here are the 2009 NCAA Tournament National Semifinal
Match-Ups:

Saturday, April 4:

#1 Connecticut versus #2 Michigan State

#1 North Carolina versus #3 Villanova

The two winners will play for the National Championship on
Monday, April 6.

Here are the 2009 NCAA Tournament Third Round Regional
Semifinal Results:

East Regional:

#1 Pittsburgh eliminated #4 Xavier 60-55 #3 Villanova upset
#2 Duke 77-54

West Regional:

#1 Connecticut eliminated #5 Purdue 72-60 #3 Missouri upset
#2 Memphis 102-91

South Regional:

#1 North Carolina eliminated #4 Gonzaga 98-77 #2 Oklahoma
eliminated #3 Syracuse 84-71
Midwest Regional:

#1 Louisville eliminated #12 Arizona 103-64 #2 Michigan
State eliminated #3 Kansas 67-62

Here are the 2009 NCAA Tournament Fourth Round Regional
Final Results:

East Regional:

#3 Villanova upset #1 Pittsburgh 78-76

West Regional:

#1 Connecticut eliminated #3 Missouri 82-75

South Regional:

#1 North Carolina eliminated #2 Oklahoma 72-60

Midwest Regional:

#2 Michigan State upset #1 Louisville 64-52

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