The Final Four games wont begin until April 3rd, but Glam Gals prepare early. We're going to break down these fab-four games, the teams, the players, and of course the amazingness of it all.
What should you know prior to the fab four? What's going to impress those boys over beers? For starters, the term final four actually came from a high school tournament in Indiana. The NCAA has since poached the phrase from an article sportswriter Ed Chay's wrote for the Official Collegiate Basketball Guide. Using the Indiana high school terminology he wrote "Marquette University was one of the final four teams." Final four stuck, and has been the official lingo for the NCAA semi-finals for the last 32 years.
The tournament play-off system is quite straight forward, and flows like Rolex clock work. Final four games are always the third Saturday of the tournament. Both semi-final games are played back-to-back on Saturday, and the winners of each game meet the following Monday for a Championship title.
This year's tournament is being held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
. Lucas Oil Stadium is a $720 million dollar stadium, and the happy home for Peyton Manning
and the Indianapolis Colts
. In addition, the stadium will host the Superbowl in 2012. Just less then two years old, this multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility has a fabulous retro chic look, yet is one of the most high-tech stadiums in America. Someone obviously handled the events bidding war with fabulous success.
This years final four is the first time in six years, that only a single one seed team made it to the semi-finals. Saturday is Butler's first ever appearance in the final four, and lucky for them it's in their hometown. Advantage much? Maybe, but still fabulous to watch them play at this phase of the tournament for the very first time. We'd like to think it increases intensity. Sittin' on the edge of a pink sofa, let's have a look at this super duper sweet match-up.
(5)Butler Bulldogs vs. Michigan State Spartans,
April 3, 2010 @ 6:07 pm (est) on CBS
(5) Butler Bulldogs
Season Record: 34-4
Last Win: Saturday, vs. Kansas State 63-56
Next Game: Apr 3 vs. (5) Michigan State, 6:07 pm est
Head Coach: Brad Stevens
Play Maker to watch: Sophomore, Gordon Hayward
Conference: Horizon League
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Note of Interest: Butler University plays all men's and women's basketball games at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Hinkle, for several decades, was the largest fieldhouse in America. In addition, it's the site from the final round of games that Indiana High School basketball played in the state tournament, as seen in the movie Hoosiers.
Coaches Quote: "“It's totally a family of athletes. They've just been blessed athletically. No doubt about it.” ~ Brad Stevens, from thinkexist.com
(5) Michigan State Spartans
Season Record: 28-8
Next Game: Apr 3 (5) Butler, 6:07 pm (est)
Head Coach: Tom Izzo
Play Makers to Watch: Durrell Summers, Korie Lucious, Raymar Morgan and Draymond Colors: Green and White
Conference: Big 10
Location: East Lansing, MI
Note of Interest: Michigan State basketball been to the dance 13 consecutive years, yet hasn't won a championship since 1979.
Coaches Quote: "Even the officials looked at me before the game and said this is special" ~ Tom Izzo, from thinkexist.com
~ The only way Butler beats Michigan State is with a stellar defense. There hasn't been a single team who has played Butler in the tournament, and scored 60 points in the game.
~ Michigan State wins this game by it's rebounding capabilities, and high percentages at the line (foul line)
~ Butler will need to win this game with turn-overs (meaning they steal the ball from the other team and take it back to their basket)
~ Michigan State has a deep bench, which is an advantage over Butler, it helps counteract team fatigue.