Final Four ready for Indy

Hayes takes lead in bracket challenge

Another weekend of college basketball saw 16 teams go down to four. Sadly, one of the 12 teams that had fallen was Notre Dame.

After defeating Wichita State in the Sweet 16, Notre Dame had to face the Kentucky Wildcats in the Elite Eight. In what was one the undefeated Kentucky’s hardest challenges of the season, the Fighting Irish fought to an overtime game, which they lost on a missed buzzer-beater.

While that leaves no Indiana team in the Final Four, the semifinals and final will be hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Final Four representatives are Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Duke. The semifinal games will take place on Saturday with the ensuing championship game on Monday.

The first semifinal matchup features the No. 1 seed Duke Blue Devils, facing off against the No. 7 seed Michigan State Spartans. Two legendary coaches in Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski will be battling for a spot in the national title game. Scheduled tip as at 6:09 p.m.

Soon after, scheduled around 8:49 p.m., the overall No. 1 seed Kentucky Wildcats will play the No. 1 seed Wisconsin Badgers. Kentucky is on a mission to have a historic season; they are currently 38-0, and could be the first undefeated team since the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers. It won’t be easy though, as AP All-American Frank Kaminsky and his Badgers have a solid 35-3 record themselves, as well as being the Big Ten champions.

As far as the Ben Davis bracket challenge goes, the last two rounds of games shook up the leaderboards quite a bit. Our previous leader, Dontre Graves, fell to third, and we have a new leader. Our own Spotlight adviser, Tom Hayes, picked all four Final Four teams correctly and is sitting pretty with 980 points and three games left in the tournament. He has Wisconsin to win it all.

The Final Four is here. Tune in, see how the final few games shake out and see where your bracket stands at the end of the tournament.