March Madness is nearing an end, as the NCAA Tournament field has suddenly shrunk to four following the conclusion of the Elite Eight on Sunday. Two No. 1 seeds, Villanova and Kansas, punched its tickets to San Antonio, joining Loyola-Chicago and Michigan, which did the same on Saturday.
Villanova paved its way relatively drama-free, as has been the case for the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats knocked off Texas Tech 71-59 — its closest contest of the tournament to date — and reserved their date Saturday with 1 seed Kansas out of the Midwest Region.
Speaking of Kansas: The Jayhawks survived and advanced by the hair on their chinny-chin-chin. It took an overtime period to decide their eventual 85-81 victory over No. 2 seed Duke, but now Bill Self returns to San Antonio — the place he won his only national title a decade ago — with hopes of repeating that same magic Mario Chalmers and those Jayhawks formulated.
Elite Eight: Sunday’s games
- No. 1 Villanova 71, No. 3 Texas Tech 59
- No. 1 Kansas 85, No. 2 Duke 81