How UConn (and Purdue, Alabama and NC State) could win

A regular season filled with top-25 upsets each week has resulted in a Final 4 that includes the two groups that were ranked No. 1 in the AP survey more than anybody else. There is likewise simply the 6th 11-seed to ever reach the Final Four and a team that required to win 5 games in five days at the ACC tournament simply to hear its name on Choice Sunday.It would not be an NCAA tournament without a Cinderella, right?Editor’s Picks 2 Associated Now we head to Phoenix with a Final Four filled with lots of star power– both on the flooring and on the sideline.UConn is looking to go back-to-back for the first time because Florida in 2007, Purdue is attempting to pull off a Virginia-esque turnaround to win its very first NCAA competition, Alabama is going for its first national championship, and NC State is trying to channel former coach Jim Valvano and its run to the 1983 title.The Huskies go into as the favorite to win it all and a prospective national title face-off in between UConn and Purdue– and Donovan Clingan and Zach Edey– will garner the majority of predictions. In a one-game situation, nevertheless, Alabama’s shooting prowess and the all of a sudden unstoppable D.J. Burns Jr. are poised to play spoiler.From the press reporters who covered each team’s path to the Last 4, here’s how each team could cut down the internet in Phoenix.FINAL 4 BOUND!.?.!— NC State

Male’s Basketball(@PackMensBball )March 31, 2024 NO. 11 SEED|SOUTH AREA Round of 64: def. No. 6 Texas Tech 80-67 Round of 32: def. No. 14 Oakland 79-73 (OT )Sweet 16: def. No. 2

Marquette 67-58 Elite 8: def. No. 4 Duke 76-64 Last Four opponent: vs. Purdue, Saturday, 6
p.m. ET By Adam Teicher( from Dallas)
The way North Carolina State turned its season around, going from 17-14 heading into the
ACC Tournament to 26-14 now, is outstanding. As coach Kevin Keatts stated, the Wolfpack didn’t unintentionally

get hot, not versus the competition they’ve been betting. North Carolina State has beaten 5 ranked teams in their existing nine-game winning streak, including Duke in the Elite Eight. The Wolfpack have eight transfers and it took some time for everything to come together but NC State is better defensively and a much better rebounding team than earlier in the season. The Wolfpack can play a great deal of designs. It can dip into a fast pace or a more intentional rate. It can use a lineup loaded with bigs or play with four guards. They secure well against the 3-point shot. The two newest opponents, Marquette and Duke, combined to shoot 9-of-51 (18%)from 3-point variety. Burns is a load for challengers to handle under the basket.What stood apart: The Wolfpack not just have size but they utilize it well. In the Sweet 16 win over Marquette, NC State made a top priority of protecting the 3-point arc and did it well. The Golden Eagles made simply 4-of-31 from 3. The Wolfpack still safeguarded the rim well

and outrebounded Marquette by a broad margin. Mohamed Diarra(6-foot-10), Ben Middlebrooks( 6-10)and Burns (6-9) all get substantial minutes. Duke made simply 5-of-20 3-point shots in the Elite 8 matchup.Who might end up being a household name: Burns isn’t NC State’s leading scorer or rebounder. However he positions problems for opposing defenses in regards to how to account for him. He’s a load to handle with the ball if he’s not in a double-team however it’s problematic to always send help to him because he’s such an excellent passer

. His footwork around the basket is significant for a player his size( 6-9 and probably bigger than the 275 pounds he’s listed at by the school). What could be the downfall: The Wolfpack do not have a deep roster and might be in trouble if the fouls start piling up. The Wolfpack can reliably go 7 players deep however beyond that Keatts will need to do some innovative mixing and matching. Playing against Purdue and Zach Edey normally needs a lot of fouling.THE TIDE IS ROLLING TO THE FINAL FOUR! #RollTide

| #BlueCollarBasketball!.?.!— Alabama Men’s Basketball (@AlabamaMBB )March 31, 2024 NO. 4 SEED|WEST REGION Round of 64: def. No. 13 Charleston 109-96 Round of 32: def. No. 12 Grand Canyon 72-61 Sweet 16: def.

and another challenger that raced out to a 13-point lead versus them( Clemson ). Throughout this competition, Alabama has won a game by scoring 109 points and won another by scoring 72 points and it has actually led head coach Nate Oats to applaud the enhancement the Tide have actually made on defense. Make no error about it though, this team will go only as far as its offense– led by guard Mark Sears and buoyed by huge men Nick Pringle and Grant Nelson– does.What stuck out: The Tide’s dedication to keep shooting at all costs. Even when they had made one 3-pointer in 13 efforts against Clemson, there was no wandering off away from what had actually gotten them to the Dance in the first place. In their minds, the shots were merely bound to enter and well, they did. As Oats described, it’s not just about shooting 3s but rather taking effective shots. Alabama merely doesn’t take midrange shots. It’s all layups, 3s and complimentary tosses. So far, the formula is working to perfection.Who might end up being a household name: Sears. Alabama’s top guard is already a program legend who holds the single-season scoring record and is balancing over 24 points a game in the tournament. On Saturday, Sears engineered an outstanding second-half efficiency versus the Tigers when it seemed the basket turned into the size of a swimming pool for him as he made 6 threes. The 6-1 senior will have his work cut out for him versus one of the leading defenses in the nation in UConn. And if he can fume from 3 yet again and get the top seed in the competition, his legend will only grow.What might be the downfall: This is what makes this Alabama group a fascinating experiment, of sorts. If the shots are going in, they are effectively unsurpassable. If they’re not, it’s a different story. Oats has said there are contingency plans need to they go cold, but against the best team in the country in the Huskies, chances are that Alabama will test an old basketball expression: Live by the 3 or die by it. SEE YOU IN PHOENIX FOR THE LAST FOUR!!.?.!— Purdue Guys’s Basketball (@BoilerBall) March 31, 2024 NO. 1 SEED|MIDWEST REGION Round of 64: def. No. 16 Grambling 78-50 Round of 32: def. No. 8 Utah State 106-67 Sweet 16: def. No. 5 Gonzaga 80-68 Elite Eight: def. No. 2 Tennessee 72-66 Last Four challenger: vs. NC State Saturday, 6 p.m. ET By Myron Medcalf(from Detroit )Zach Edey is more than a future two-time Wooden Award. He is among the most dominating forces this sport has actually seen. Every team in Purdue’s course has actually tried to stop him

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