Today, two teams will advance to the Final Four, with the remaining spots being filled Sunday.
Contrary to most experts' predictions, Syracuse has clawed its way back to the Elite Eight after a nine-year absence, but Ohio State stands in its way.
In a matchup of master versus pupil, Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals will take on Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators. Donovan was an assistant to Pitino and played for him when he was the both the Providence Friars and New York Knicks coach, but Donovan has won two national championships to Pitino’s one.
Kentucky and Baylor face off in the South Region, where John Calipari is seeking his first national championship. In the Midwest, Roy Williams and his North Carolina Tar Heels will play Williams’ former team, the Kansas Jayhawks, in a battle of perennial powerhouses.
With the stage set, let’s take a look at the most pressing of issues at stake for the next two days.