Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Auburn, Virginia, MSU, Texas Tech arrive at Final Four

Auburn, Virginia, MSU, Texas Tech arrive at Final Four

"Texas Tech will switch and deny". The Red Raiders had their closest game yet, beating Gonzaga 75-69 to advance to the Final Four.

But then someone asked me who is this team's second MVP? Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (five), North Carolina's Roy Williams (three) and Villanova's Jay Wright (two) are the only active coaches in college basketball with multiple national titles.

"We're not going to compromise on how we play, but at the same time, our style of play is just to win", Virginia guard Kyle Guy said.

One of his favorites involves dogs named Sugarfoot and Foxy.

"Those are more like street dogs". Those were stories about two dogs, friendly dogs except when there was another dog in the neighborhood. "It's fun, but it's also beneficial in a lot of ways".

Michigan State will be favored in the game by virtue of their seed, but Saturday's Final Four game has all the makings of being an absolute classic.

NO DESSERT FOR YOU: Beard has been trying to teach his team self-sacrifice this season, asking all his players to give something up for the larger good of the team.

According to KenPom metrics that measure pace of play, Virginia is among the slowest in Division I.

This will be the sixth time Key has faced Auburn.

It all comes from Head Coach Chris Beard. The Tigers take a frenetic approach. We'll tell you, after a quick break for the Progressive box to croon lounge hits.

In the Sweet 16 game against Tennessee, Purdue's Carsen Edwards got fouled while taking a 3-pointer with the clock running down.

That was shown in gutting out an overtime win against Purdue to make it here to Minneapolis. There's guys on our team that have given up social media.

Of note: Tech makes its first Final Four appearance.

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Uncompromising is a good way to describe Cavaliers coach Tony Bennet's philosophy, which was passed down by his father, former longtime coach Dick Bennett.

The first family duo to accomplish the feat was Georgetown's John Thompson, who took the Hoyas there in 1982, 1984 and 1985, and John Thompson III, who went with the same program in 2007. Say if Virginia switches, they'll switch and stay in their gaps.

When he returned with the team from the West regional in Anaheim early Sunday, the scene at 2:30 a.m. became - "I mean, it took us maybe 10 minutes to get from our bus, 20 feet to the arena door, to drop off our bags", he said. "At least he can't do t4hat".

The Tigers lost star forward Chuma Okeke to a season-ending knee injury in the Sweet 16 victory against North Carolina. He had surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left knee earlier this week and is not expected to be in Minneapolis for the game. There's value on this streaky Auburn team at +140. The sophomore is the team's third-leading scorer and top rebounder. In the interim, he's thriving at Auburn, and possibly putting himself in position for a head coaching job, and gets the added bonus of his son coming to play for AU next year.

- Ralph D. Russo reporting from Minneapolis. Auburn, like most fans wants to avoid the monotony.

After defying all odds throughout the season, Texas Tech Basketball has clinched a trip to its first-ever Final Four. The only current coaches who know their way around any better are Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams, and both of their teams are sitting at home.

Among the four starting lineups set for Minneapolis, and the four sets of major bench players, Jarrett Culver would be the only one playing in his hometown.

Brown impressed Auburn's coaches at Bruce Pearl's Elite Camp in 2014.

The Tigers like to pressure their opponents on the floor and hope to make Virginia turn the ball over.

Fellow guard Bryce Brown felt the worst of it on Thursday, but was on the rebound Friday.

Harper is averaging 15.4 points and 5.4 assists. There's no charge to attend the practices.

Men's Final Four berths, of course, come to basketball aristocracies in Lexington, Ky., or Durham or Chapel Hill, N.C., or, of late, suburban Philadelphia. But a men's Final Four, among the wide, windy boulevards and the Torchy's Tacos and the music department with the football yard lines on its parking lot so the marching band can practice with precision?

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