Last night was supposed to be the actual NCAA Championship game; instead we’ve got our weird fantasy tournament to turn to. We’ve voted and chopped the bracket down to a pretty believable Final Four. Considering the ridiculous amount of chalk early, things kind of settled down. Which is usually how the Tournament itself ends up.
Most of the time we have a crazy first few rounds, and then things get more chalky. So it was nice to see a few non-Number One seeds get through. So let’s see how the Final Four played out...
SWEET JUSTICE, AT LAST!
The Final Four
No. 1 Gonzaga (50.08%) def. No. 1 ** REDACTED ** (49.92%)
In a loss I can attest was likely swung by smart Mizzou fans voting against their lawless rival, the lovable upstart Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the evil empire from Lawrence, and head to their second championship game in school history (first was in 2017 when they lost to North Carolina). Gonzaga’s top rated offense, with an assist from FBI wiretaps, were enough to take down their opponent who came in with the top ranked defense in the country.
I think that defense was inflated a bit by the Big 12 and some stinky offenses. I know all about adjusted numbers. LET ME HAVE THIS.
No. 3 Michigan State (52%) def. No. 2 Florida State (48%)
Another close game, the red hot Michigan State Spartans take out the Florida State Seminoles. Honestly this would’ve been a delightful game to watch. Cassius Winston and his host of role players, versus Leonard Hamilton and his endless machine of weapons. It’s hard to bet against Winston, who had been playing at another level down the stretch. And it looks like that was the consensus of 52% of the voters.
So we have Michigan State vs. Gonzaga in the Championship game. Can the Zags get their first school Championship or will Tom Izzo recapture the title for the first time since 2000? Voting in that poll is open now.