This is the last hurrah with “One Shining Moment” looming in the distance. By the end of the night four teams will be whittled down to two and the pieces will be in place for the ultimate prize. Each team has taken different paths to this point and not many people expected any of them to be here. Let alone us here in the Crew. We’re resilient to say the least & are back with our picks for your amusement.
(5) Michigan State Vs. (5) Butler
The Flint-stones are back & rollin’ again. Tom Izzo’s team has overcome adversity and is in line to make amends for their loss last year to North Carolina. They’ve been able to overcome the loss of Kalin Lucas thanks to the emergence of Draymond Green & Raymar Morgan finally living up to the expectations that have been placed on him since his arrival. Meanwhile, Butler is riding in with a 24-game win streak and will essentially be playing a home game this weekend. They’ll be relying heavily on Gordon Hayward, whose draft stock is continually rising, and Matt Howard on the inside to lead them to victory. Both teams rely heavily on man to man defense and are adept to low scoring games, so look for this one to go down to the wire.
(1) Duke Vs. (2) West Virginia
Whether they were in a easy bracket or not, Duke won the games that were placed before them. Devoid of the singular star which lead prior teams, they’ve rode the Singler, Smith & Scheyer to this point and the balance they provide to spread the floor out. Flying somewhat under the radar for most of the year, this is the Blue Devils best chance for a return to prominence in years. The Mountaineers are carrying the hopes of an entire state on their shoulders, as they make their first trip to the Final Four since Jerry West was lacing up for them. They kept rolling after the loss of Darryl Bryant midway through the tourney, thanks to the emergence of Joe Mazzulla & Kevin Jones. Their guards will need to stay out of foul trouble and be effective with their 1-3-1 zone to win.
MZ — West Virginia