- Arena: U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, MN)
- Opened: July 22nd, 2016
- Capacity: 66,655
- Teams: Auburn, Michigan State, Texas Tech, Virginia
This is what it all comes down to. Many months of captivating college hoops with all the highs and lows that it brings has brought us here, the Final Four. These teams have “survived and advanced” and are now only 2 wins away from the National Title. Although we will not have an “in house” experience for the action (plane ticket busted our budget and our request for Media Credentials was denied), we will take in all the “freebies” available such as Fan Fest, Final Four Friday (open practices) and the Tip-Off Tailgate on Nicollet Mall. The hoopla surrounding the annual NCAA Tournament is all fine and dandy but what really matters are the games which we feel are best appreciated in HD along side the company of like minded individuals (college hoop junkies). So whoever you are cheering for (or against), make sure to take a few moments to truly enjoy the unadulterated competitiveness of these young amateur athletics as they take center stage in their quest to be crowned kings. It is a moment that they will always remember, an accomplishment they will always have, a feat for the record books (unless vacated years later by the NCAA, sorry 2012-13 Louisville Cardinals).
Players to Watch:
- Bryce Brown (Auburn)
- Guard / 6’3’’ 198 lbs / Senior
- Brown is averaging 18.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament for the Tigers who are playing in the Final Four for the 1st time in school history. The SEC Tournament MVP declared for the 2018 NBA Draft but returned to play his Senior year. An impressive performance in the Big Dance should improve his position in the upcoming NBA Draft.
- Cassius Winston (Michigan St)
- Guard / 6’0’’ 185 lbs / Junior
- Winston is averaging 19 points per game in the NCAA Tournament for the Spartans who are making their 10th appearance in the Final Four. The Big 10 Player of the Year is currently not projected as a NBA Draft Pick but leading his team to an NCAA Title could change that.
- Jarrett Culver (Texas Tech)
- Guard / 6’5’’ 195 lbs / Sophomore
- Culver is averaging 21.5 points per game in the NCAA Tournament for the Red Raiders who are playing in the Final Four for the 1st time in school history. The Big 12 Player of the Year is a projected early 1st Round Draft Pick (#11) for the upcoming NBA Draft.
- De’Andre Hunter (Virginia)
- Forward / 6’7’’ 225 lbs / Sophomore
- Hunter is averaging 13.5 points per game in the NCAA Tournament for the Cavaliers who are back in the Final Four for the 3rd time in school history and a year after being knocked out as a #1 seed against #16 UMBC. The ACC Defensive Player of the Year is a projected early 1st Round Draft Pick (#6) for the upcoming NBA Draft.