2020 NCAA Tournament Sim: Final Four Is Set
Who advances to the national title game.
There are only four.
The Final Four of the NCAA Tournament was scheduled to be played. this weekend in Atlanta but with March Madness canceled we decided to simulate the entire tournament.
The teams that are left are No. 1 Kansas from the Midwest and they will be taking on the No. 1 Dayton and this will be a rematch from when the two played in the Maui championship with the Jayhawks winning 90-84 in overtime. Some may think this is the de facto national title game as they are the only No. 1 seeds to make it to the Final Four.
The other half of the bracket features No. 7 Arizona from the South region and they will take on conference mate and No. 4 Oregon Ducks. These two played twice this year already and it was the Ducks who won each game but they were just one point victories for each.
As a reminder, we are simulating these games over at What If Sports and are doing just like the NCAA Tournament, one loss and you’re out.
Kansas won the second match vs. Dayton this year and this victory gives Bill Self is in his third championship game as the Jayhawks head coach and if he wins it will be his second national title and first since 2008.
The first half it looked like Dayton had the edge as they were up by six but the second half saw Kansas go on a huge run to outscore the Flyers by 16 points. The Jayhawks went on a lot of mini-runs to slowly pull ahead for the win.
The Flyers tried to chuck its way to the win by shooting 30 shots from three-point range and they did make a respectable 11 of those but it was not enough.
Arizona is one of the lowest seeds to ever make it to a national title game by topping Oregon by 15. This is the first time al year the Wildcats were able to top the Ducks who won both previous matchups by a single point each.
In this game, Arizona was great on both ends of the court. They shot 56 percent and the defense clamped down and held Oregon to 36 percent from the field.
The second half is when Arizona started to run away from this game and a 17-3 run is what propped up the Wildcats to advance to a national championship game.