Illustration: The Tale of Peter Rabbit/Michael Hague
Beatrix Potter opens her story The Tale of Peter Rabbit with this darling introduction, "Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were--Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter." Those sweet little rabbits charmed youngins' around the world, as their parents tucked them in on Easter Eve. The anticipation of the big Peter Rabbit, also known as The Easter Bunny filled the air.
Many many moons later, we adhere to the same anticipation. This time we're tucked in by the best coaching staff the NCAA has to offer, and a game that brings to us Easter goodies with a sweet little surprise.
Yes, here we are on Easter weekend, and we've put a twist on Miss Potter's classic tale "Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were -- The Spartans, Blue Devils, Mountaineers, and Bulldogs."
That's right, it's time to examine our second final four game. The Duke of Earl looking for it's Duchess, as the Mountaineers of West Virginia climb their way through brackets, in search of a golden trophy.
Down to four teams. It's pretty amazing when you think about it. Did you know that there are 9.2 quintillion scenarios that can bring any one of the sixty-four college teams into the the final four? Yet here we are with four stellar teams competing for the trophy. What's more is that such an incomprehensible number might quadruple next year, it's being debated right now wither or not the tournament should expand to 96 teams. It's looking quite likely. If this happens, can you just imagine what those brackets will look like? My, oh, my... our heads are already spinning!
Make sure, while watching the final four games, that you surprise those boys and remind them the lowest seed to ever make it into the final four has been an eleven seed. There have been a total of two eleven seed teams that have played in this phase of the series.
So who will bring home the sweet treats of Easter? Glam Gals breaks this down for all of you sweet little bunnies.
(1) Duke Blue Devils vs. (2) West Virginia Mountaineers,
Saturday April 3, 2010, 8:47 pm (est) CBS
(1) Duke Blue Devils
Season Record: 35-5
Last Win: Mar 28 (3) Baylor, W 78-71
Next Game: Apr 3 (2) West Virginia, 8:47 pm (est) FINAL FOUR
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) 30 years at Duke, All-time most wins in an NCAA Tournament of all-time, 75 wins
Play Makers to watch: Jon Scheyer, Lance Thomas, Kyle Singer
Location: Durham, NC
Colors: Duke Blue/White
Note of Interest: Duke was given the name "the Blue Devils" or in French "les Diables Bleus" during World War 1. They were named after Chasseurs Alpins who was of the French Alpine light infantry battalion. Always known for it's basketball program, the Duke women's golf team actually holds the most national championships for the University.
Coaches Quote: "I have a rule on my team: when we talk to one another, we look each other right in the eye, because I think it's tough to lie to somebody. You give respect to somebody." ~ Coach Mike Krzyzewski, from Brainy Quotes
(2) West Virginia Mountaineers:
Season Record: 31-6
Last Win: Mar 27 vs. (1) Kentucky, W 73-66
Next Game: Apr 3 vs. (1) Duke, 8:47 pm (est) FINAL FOUR
Head Coach: Bob Huggins. This is Coach Huggins second time in the tournament, he's been at WV for three years.
Play Maker to watch: Joe Mazzulla (Because of a shoulder injury, almost went to play for the WV Soccer team, ended up being the team MVP),
Conference: Big East
Location: Morgantown, WV
Colors: Old Gold/Blue
Note of Interest: Designed as an Agricultural Institution. The West Virginia Legislature, under the terms of the 1862 Morrill Land-Grant College Act developed the Agricultural College of West Virginia. The school was founded in 1867. The University, just one year later would be re-named West Virginia University.
Coaches Quote: “I'm excited about coming here and continuing to build this basketball program, playing in the NCAA Tournament and the other things that you are supposed to do" ~ Coach Bob Huggins after accepting his Coaching position at West Virginia. Quote is from thinkexist.com
~ Duke is winning games, despite low shooting numbers from top players
~ Relies strongly on their defensive capabilities, arguably the best in this year's tournament
~ Duke has a coach who knows how to win big games, and win when the going gets tough. This will prove to be quite the feather in the Blue Devils hat.
~ Duke has a deep bench. Think about all of the talented high school players who want to play for Duke, it's a reputation all it's own. There's no wonder they have such a talented squad.
~ West Virginia also plays a strong defensive game
~ West Virginia's Joe Mazulla hitting 3's is the key for the Mountaineers winning this game
~ West Virginia has played strong ball throughout this tournament, and has been able to power through wins. It wouldn't come as any surprise if they are able to power through yet another.
We can't wait to watch the excitement!
Stay Hippity-Hoppity Fabulous,