Chris Frazier, ‘Doah Contributing Writer
April 10, 2013
This year’s Final Four matchup of No. 9 seed Wichita State against No. 1 seed Louisville and No. 4 seed Michigan against No. 4 seed Syracuse produced two great games, with Louisville and Michigan coming out on top to set up a 1 versus 4 matchup in the National Championship.
It all comes down to one team in the end and this year it was Louisville, winning their first title since 1986. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was also voted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame earlier in the week.
If you have been following the tournament at all you have either seen or heard about the gruesome injury suffered by Louisville sophomore Kevin Ware in the team’s win over Duke which sent them to the Final Four. Since Ware’s injury on March 31, he has had successful surgery, and was cleared to fly to Atlanta to watch his team take on Wichita State on April 6. Despite Ware’s injury, Louisville could not be stopped on their way to becoming National Champions.
Every year, there are always upsets and Cinderella stories, but this year had a particular abundance. Not only was there No. 9 seed Wichita State, but the virtually unknown Florida Gulf Coast University destroyed a number of people’s brackets after the No. 15 seed took down No. 2 seed Georgetown in the first round.
Deeming the town of Fort Myers, Fla. “Dunk City,” the FGCU team had the media going crazy over them. They made it all the way to the Elite Eight before falling to the South’s No. 3 seed Florida. Also, in the first round, VCU was the only No. 5 seed team to advance, leaving the No. 12 seeds California, Ole Miss and Oregon to dance another day.
Since the end of the tournament, a few teams have already made coaching changes. Minnesota fired Tubby Smith who changed the face of basketball during his six years at the school. UCLA fired Ben Howland and has already landed former New Mexico head coach Steve Alford.
Surprise stars of the season, Florida Gulf Coast University lost their head coach Andy Enfield to a hefty contract with the Trojans of Southern California.
This year, there was a record breaking crowd of 74,326 people in Atlanta for Championship Monday. More than 8.5 million ESPN brackets were created, and a record-breaking 45 million live-streams.