March Mayhem

Caleb Christensen, Staff Writer

The Final Four is finally upon us for both men’s and women’s.

It features only the fourth double-digit seed ever, and first 10th seed ever to make the Final Four for the men. For the women, it features three first-timers to the Final Four. And then there is UConn, who is making its ninth consecutive Final Four with an average margin of victory of 44 points.

Both the Syracuse men’s and women’s teams have made it, and they could be the first school to both win national championships since the UConn Huskies did it in 2014.

The big surprise for the men was that the Syracuse Orange barely made the field of 68 to begin with, and now they have beaten number-one seed Virginia with a massive 15-0 run to cap off an improbable comeback victory.

UNC was the only number one seed to make it to the Final Four when they easily took care of Notre Dame.

Buddy Hield of Oklahoma put on a show for Kobe Bryant, who was in attendance for the game. He ended with 39 points to carry OU to a victory against Oregon.

My bracket was ruined when Kansas got upset by Villanova. UNC is my only team left in the bracket. Out of the six ACC teams in the Sweet 16, only two made the Final Four, and only one will make the championship game, since UNC plays conference foe Syracuse. The championship will feature two teams from separate conferences, with the ACC having a chance to get three champions in the last four years.

Augustana, from my hometown Sioux Falls, won the Division II national championship this past weekend against Lincoln Memorial, claiming its first basketball national championship in school history. Augustana finished the season 34-2.

We have a week before we find out which two teams will face each other in the national championship. The country will go crazy if Syracuse upsets UNC and becomes the first 10th seed to play in a national title game.