2019 Final Four Preview: Four Teams One Goal

By Daniel Flores

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After a long season of college basketball from regular season games to conference tournaments and everyone’s favorite March Madness, the Final Four is finally here. Each team has their star players and no team should be counted out by any means. The games will be on Saturday April 6th. Auburn vs Virginia at 6:09 PM followed by Texas Tech vs Michigan State at 8:49 PM.

Texas Tech

How they got there.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders come into the Final Four at 30-6 overall. They won the Big 12 Conference but, lost in the Big 12 Tourney to West Virginia. In the NCAA tourney they beat #14 seed Northern Kentucky, #6 seed Buffalo, #2 seed Michigan, and #1 seed Gonzaga to reach the final four. Sophomore guard Jarrett Culver is one of their key players to watch for in the final four. Davide Moretti is another player to watch for due to his ability to shoot from three point land shooting 46% from behind the arc. The Red Raiders are playing in their first Final Four.

Virginia

How they got there.

The #1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers come into the Final Four at 33-3 overall. They beat #16 seed Gardner-Webb, #9 seed Oklahoma, #12 seed Oregon, and #3 seed Purdue to reach the final four. It was not an easy sail for Virginia after almost losing to Purdue in the Elite eight, till Mamadi Diakite made a jumpshot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Virginia would go on to win the game advancing to the Final Four. The team is lead by guards Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome who are both excellent three point shooters. The Cavaliers are playing in their third Final Four and first since 1984.

Auburn

How they got there.

The Auburn Tigers come into the Final Four at 30-9 overall. The Tigers are arguably the most sensational team, having won every single game in the calendar month of March. Winning the SEC tourney propelled the Tigers to a #5 seed in the big dance. They beat #12 New Mexico State, #4 Kansas, #1 North Carolina, and #2 Kentucky to reach the Final Four. Forward Chuma Okeke tore his ACL in the Sweet Sixteen against North Carolina. Okeke lead the Tigers with 20 points and 11 boards to send them to the Elite Eight but, the injury ended his season. The Tigers knocked off the Kentucky Wildcats (after going 0-2 against them in the regular) to reach the Final Four. Guards Jared Harper and Bryce Brown are the key players to watch. The Tigers are playing in their first Final Four.

Michigan State

How they got there.

The Michigan State Spartans come into the Final Four at 32-6 overall. They beat #15 seed Bradley, #10 Minnesota, #3 LSU, and #1 seed Duke to reach the Final Four. The Big Ten champs have had a smooth sail in the tournament, including knocking off #1 overall Duke, in a thrilling Elite Eight game to reach the Final Four. The team is lead by Junior guard Cassius Winston who can do it all but, his teammates should not be underestimated. The Spartans are playing in their tenth Final Four and first since 2015.

Post Author: Daniel Flores

Daniel Flores also know as Dansportsnews is a freshman in college pursuing a career in sports broadcasting/journalism. He is the host of the "Dansportsnews and Friends" podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Youtube, and Sound Cloud. He also is a contributor for Pelican Debrief.com of the Fansided network.

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