Top seeds fall out of favor
For the first time in 26 seasons, there will be no No. 1 seed in the Men's NCAA Final Four. Not since Louisville's run to the title as a No. 2 seed in 1980 has there not been one of the tournament's top four seeded teams in the national semifinal...
For the first time in 26 seasons, there will be no No. 1 seed in the Men's NCAA Final Four.
Not since Louisville's run to the title as a No. 2 seed in 1980 has there not been one of the tournament's top four seeded teams in the national semifinals.
Duke, the top seed in the Atlanta Region, fell to LSU in the regional semifinals, the other No. 1s were knocked off in the region championships.
Memphis, the Oakland Region's top seed, was the first to go, bowing in a sloppy game to UCLA, 50-45, Saturday.
"It doesn't matter what goes on in the game," said Bruins guard Jordan Farmar. "Me personally, 1-for-9, 50 percent from the free-throw line. I couldn't be happier right now. I wouldn't have it any other way. That's all that matters."
The Bruins' last Final Four appearance was in 1995, when they won the national championship with Jim Harrick as the coach. UCLA was also in the 1980 Final Four.
Sunday, it looked like Connecticut would pull off some theatrics, but lost to No. 11-seed George Mason in the Washington, D.C. Region. The No. 1 Huskies went to overtime for the second straight game, but George Mason put victory just out of reach, 86-84.
The Patriots have never been to a Four Four and had never won an NCAA Tournament game in three appearances before this year.
"We were not supposed to get into the tournament, we got into it," guard Tony Skinn said. "We were not supposed to beat Michigan State and we beat them. Weren't supposed to beat North Carolina and we beat them. We definitely weren't supposed to be UConn. I think we'll stick to the script going into whoever we play. We don't mind being the Cinderella."
Florida, the No. 3 seed from the Minneapolis Region, controlled No. 1 Villanova from the start and didn't let the Wildcats find any rhythm, cruising to a 75-62 win.
The Gators were the national runner-up in 2000 to Michigan State, their last Final Four appearance. Florida was also in the 1994 Final Four.