I went back through the Final Four television numbers as posted at Sports Media Watch.
Kansas State, led by senior guard Denis Clemente, junior guard Jacob Pullen and sophomore forward Jamar Samuels, surged to 29-8 record - a school record for wins - in 2010. Marques Townes, Clayton Custer, and Aundre Jackson poured in a combined 48 points (19-30 FGM, 4-5 3PM) last night. The last nine-seed to play (and win) in the Elite Eight was Wichita State in 2013. For some, the Elite Eight is familiar territory that is a stepping stone towards garnering another place in the Final Four, adding to their already impressive cache of postseason success.
In 2006, Jim Larranaga also pulled off an unexpected run when he directed George Mason to the Final Four. He entered the season on the hot seat after six straight seasons without even making the NCAA Tournament.
"You know, like you know from being there in Chicago, it was a grass-roots rebuild", Moser said.
Florida State and MI played their most impressive games in the tournament in the Sweet 16 - and that includes Florida State's win over No. 1 Xavier to get to this point. "And then the other guys just have kind of bought into it".
"We finished the game about as poorly as a team can", Self said. The bobbleheads, now available for pre-order, cost be just $25 each, and are expected to arrive in June. They're so excited. But they just have this edge to them that they believe and they want more, they want more.
The game is scheduled to start at about 6:09 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on TBS. In the first round against Miami, 64-62, and in the second round against Tennessee, 63-62. The 1963 team beat top-ranked Cincinnati in the championship game, but the team is better remembered for the "Game of Change" against Mississippi State earlier in the tournament. And it made Sister Jean into a national sensation.
Like their previous wins, the Ramblers had to climb their way back after falling behind by as many as 12 in the second half. He went 5 for 8 on three-pointers, and two of them went down in the first 3 1/2 minutes to stake K-State to a 13-1 lead and set the game's tone.
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Last year's team lost by one to OR in the Sweet 16, but MI blew out Texas A&M on Thursday to reach its third regional final in six seasons.
Kansas State embraces the grind maybe better than anyone in the nation as Bruce Weber's Wildcats claw, scrap, dive, deflect, snatch, and well - grind.
Playing the unexpected role of heavy favorites, the Wildcats knocked off tournament darlings UMBC, 50-43.
The balanced Seminoles (23-11) got here by upending 1-seed Xavier then beating a 32-win Gonzaga team in the Sweet 16.
The Ramblers will have to be at their best against the hard-nosed Kansas State Wildcats in their Elite Eight matchup Saturday. It makes defending the Wildcats more hard.
Loyola will try to become the fifth No. 11 seed to make the Final Four when they face No. 9 Kansas State on Saturday night in an Elite Eight game. If Loyola wins, somebody needs to get Sister Jean some glass slippers. "Ben Richardson earned the Valley" s defensive player of the year award, Cameron Krutwig was the freshman of the year, and Moser was the coach of the year. The Wildcats haven't defeated any of the remaining three Big 12 teams in the tournament (Kansas, Texas Tech, West Virginia), but that doesn't matter now.
Late in Thursday's victory over Kentucky, Kansas State had five players on the floor under 6-foot-4, while the shortest player for Kentucky was 6-6. "Watching the tournament this year, made me realize even more that I made it D-I because I'm rooting for a team that is playing in the Sweet Sixteen".