Kansas has a Player of the Year finalist in Devonte' Graham, but it's been the emergence of Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman that's led them in the tournament.
Everything he envisioned is playing out.
According to data from TicketIQ, prices for the Final Four are up 77% since selection Sunday, which marks the second-highest increase since the Company started tracking the market in 2011. This year's group will play games this coming Saturday in San Antonio, Texas, the site of the Kansas Jayhawks' previous championship win.
The Wolverines are making their first Final Four appearance since 2013, when they lost to Louisville in the national championship game. In each of those games, Loyola Chicago sealed its wins in the final 10 seconds, but their first round win over Miami was the most notable one; in it, Donte Ingram knocked down a go-ahead three-pointer just as time expired. Since then, they were a No. 1 seed five times, but failed to make the Final Four each of those times before now. The field features two No. 1 seeds and one No. 3, all of which are blue bloods. But whether Loyola can pull out another historic title victory or not, it has been quite a run. They entered the NCAAs as a No. 1 seed for the first time and are back in the Final Four for a third time under coach Jeff Walz. Seton Hall made a meaningless 3 at the buzzer to cover plus-4.5 in an 83-79 round of 32 loss, before Clemson erased a 20-point deficit in the Sweet 16 to fall within plus-5 in an 80-76 defeat.
"Loyola is a lot like us", Beilein said. "But it is nice". MI joined the Ramblers in completing the road to San Antonio. It's probably the end of the road for the Ramblers, but they've definitely been the most fun team to watch this year.
Loyola figures to have a large cheering section in the stadium and in front of televisions. But at this point, we should all know better than to count out Sister Jean and the Ramblers.
After all, for Villanova winning a National Championship has suddenly become simply business as usual. "For every six ticket purchases from the state of MI, there is one purchase from the state of IL". Bettors have backed the Wildcats consistently throughout the tournament both in the futures, where they shifted past Virginia as the favorite in the days before the tournament began, and on a game-to-game basis. The Huskies are undefeated again after knocking out defending national champion SC in the Albany Region final. "What a wonderful, wonderful lady".
If Michigan wins the national title, we'll certainly see that highlight much, much more in the future. "It's the pinnacle of her life right now".
The Wolverines discovered early on that they wouldn't be able to run away from the Seminoles with the same ease they used in the Sweet Sixteen to dispatch Texas A&M, scoring 99 points on almost 62 percent shooting.
Reasons they won't win: MI can't afford to go cold now.
They even had their first sellout in 15 years, packing in 4,963 for the regular-season finale after drawing crowds of about 1,100 to 1,500 earlier in the season. Those numbers may not jump off the page, but they are at least average for a team in a power conference, and comfortably above average compared with the entire country. Moser also surprised the crowd at Midnight Madness by dressing up as the school's mascot - LU Wolf. "But I never lost confidence in myself". And if he needed some inspiration, it was there in black and white. "For us, it's an opportunity to go back to where we felt like we didn't really give our best effort", UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.