The teams and matchups :
1 Virginia vs 5 Auburn (April 6th, 6:09 p.m. ET, CBS)
2 Michigan State vs 3 Texas Tech (April 6th, 8:49 p.m. ET, CBS)
Virginia: After being the first number 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed, redemption is on their mind. For some, just making it to the Final Four would be enough redemption, the Cavaliers have their eyes set on a National Championship.
Auburn: Not the team from the SEC people thought would be here. After beating Tennessee in the final regular season game, they have been on a run. They won the SEC conference tournament beating Tennessee for the second straight time to revenging two regular season losses to Kentucky by beating them in an OT Elite 8 matchup. Plus, if you think two pointers can beat them, think again. Auburn loves the 3 ball.
Texas Tech: Lowest points scored records have been set by teams they have faced this postseason. Michigan, especially, learned that the hard way. Their defense will keep the opponent from winning and their offense has picked up so they can pull away from any team that they are matched up with.
Michigan State: Izzo. The coach with the most Final Four experience. With an up and down season, mainly due to injured players, The Spartans knocked off the number one overall seed in the Duke Blue Devils and have been on a roll since the Big 10 tournament started.
Players to Watch:
Cassius Winston, Michigan State. The AP All-American.
Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech. The Big 12 player of the year.
Bryce Brown, Auburn. Once he gets going, stopping him will become nearly impossible.
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia. He was injured for their bad side of history game last season, now he can show what full strength UVA can accomplish.
Players to Know:
Kyle Guy, Virginia. Don’t let him get space on you especially behind the 3-point line.
Jared Harper, Auburn. Facilitator. Confident.
Matt Mooney, Texas Tech. Scrappy, embodies Tech’s defense philosophy.
Nick Ward, Michigan State. Still bothered by injury but you will be bothered by him on both ends of the court.
Other things to know:
- Texas Tech and Auburn are both making their first Final Four appearances in school history.
- Virginia has been in this spot in 35 years.
- Michigan State’s last appearance was in 2015. 8 times total under Tom Izzo.
- Auburn will be without Chuma Okeke. He tore his ACL in the Sweet 16. He averaged 12 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season.
Virginia 72, Auburn 69.
Texas Tech 65, Michigan State 64.
**National Championship game will air Monday, April 8th, 9p.m. ET, CBS.