Tradition versus rising programs, Final Four has both

By Andy Tabor

The Final Four this weekend pits Duke vs. West Virginia and Michigan State vs. Butler.  For Michigan state this is their sixth Final Four appearance in the past twelve years and for coach K. this will be his eleventh appearance.

As for West Virginia and Butler? West Virginia will make their second Final Four appearance and first since 1951, while Butler will make its first ever appearance this year.

Butler comes into the tournament as the hottest team winning over twenty games in a row, while West Virginia has had a very successful tournament run they first started winning in the Big East tournament.

Traditional blue blood Duke shared the ACC regular season title with rival Maryland, but were too much for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as coach Krzyewski won his twelfth ACC tournament title.  Michigan state is really only the team that was not on fire coming into this tournament.

Michigan State lost early in the Big Ten tournament and lost key guard Kalin Lucas in their second round game against Maryland.

Whatever the results are for this tournament, it will go down again in March history as another wacky and wild March Madness.

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