By CAMERON NIXON
March Madness has been great for fans of basketball this year. Teams such as Florida Gulf Coast University and Wichita State University have made things exciting, while powerhouses like University of Louisville and Michigan University have earned their rankings with great play and other teams like Gonzaga have shown why there was concern in the first place.
Florida Gulf Coast University was the biggest Cinderella team in the tournament, this being their first time not only in the tournament, but even being eligible for it. The no. 15 seeded Eagles started off by beating heavily favored Georgetown in convincing fashion 78-68 in the biggest upset of the tournament, and then playing no. 7 San Diego State and beating them by 10 points as well (81-71) to show the world they’re serious. They lost in the Sweet Sixteen to Florida 62-50, yet things look bright in their immediate future.
Louisville is the only no. 1 seed to make it to the final four, the other three seeds being #4 seeded Michigan and Syracuse and no. 9 seeded Wichita State. Wichita State also managed to surprise people, playing good basketball and beating favored teams Pittsburgh and no. 1 seeded Gonzaga on the way to the Final Four. Louisville has been the most dominant team thus far, with no close games, even against no. 2 Duke University, showing why they were the no. 1 overall seed for the tournament and making it to the Final Four for the second year in a row. Michigan made it to the Final Four for the first time since 1993 with the Fab Four after a huge shot in the Sweet Sixteen put them over Kansas. Syracuse faced little resistance on their way to the Final Four, beating conference rival Marquette 55-39 in the Elite Eight.