by Jules Gonsoulin
March Madness has, thus far, been incredibly exciting to watch. In the South region, Dayton showcased its hidden skill and made it to the Elite Eight. First, the team upended Aaron Craft and Ohio State, then Syracuse, then it ousted Stanford in a classic matchup. Dayton met Florida in the Elite Eight, but could not complete the journey to the famous four. Florida cruised through the first few rounds of play, and is heavily favored to win the entire tournament.
The West region saw few upsets—in fact, the region’s final pitted one-seed Arizona against two-seed Wisconsin. Wisconsin muscled its way to a hard-earned overtime victory, kicking out the Wildcats. Arizona was ranked number-one in most polls throughout the regular season.
The East region featured the rise of two classic names, Michigan State and Connecticut. Michigan State upset one-seed Virginia and dispelled the red hot Harvard Crimson to make it to the East final. Connecticut rose from a seven-seed to the final four by upsetting Iowa State and standing up against Michigan State.
Finally, Kentucky won the Midwest. The unlikely eight seed caught a break when Duke lost to Mercer, then played top-flight basketball against its rival, defending champions Louisville, and against Michigan. Kentucky’s squad has been criticized all year for being young and lost, but it seems the team has finally found its way just in time. The Wildcats are scheduled play Wisconsin in the Final Four Saturday, April 5, 7:49 p.m. at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.