One of the most exciting weekends for college basketball ever. One of the greatest games ever occurred. Here’s a breakdown of the 2019 Elite Eight.
Texas Tech vs gonzaga
The Red Raiders had a great game against Gonzaga even though it was a tough game for Jarrett Culver shooting 5-19 from the field. It was definitely a great 39 minutes for Rui Hachimura with 22 points. He may have blown the game at the end, but his efforts kept them in it throughout the whole game. I believe the Zags could have had a shot if Tillie had more than three points and played more than eleven minutes. But, throughout the game, I think the Red Raiders were able to stay in it long enough to prove they deserved the win in Anaheim to move them on to the Final Four.
Virginia vs purdue
Here are my live tweets during the game:
I think it kind of comes it up. This OT game was one of the greatest games ever. I had a feeling at halftime, this game has what makes historic games. Carsen Edwards definitely had his “I’m a lottery pick” game. He probably jumped from late 1st/early 2nd round pick to Top 10 pick. He definitely had some great plays. I just kind of wish I saw a little bit more of him. But the Virginia team deserved it just as much as the Boilermakers. The game-tying shot by Diakite literally made me jump out of my seat. Definitely the best game of this decade.
Auburn vs Kentucky
This game kind of gets over shadowed by the later, Duke-Michigan State, game. But, this game went to OT too. Bryce Brown had a stretch of the game where I felt like they could have dropped him anywhere in the arena, and he would have made his shot. There was also parts that made me think, “Why does Brown not have the ball right now?” Then Harper went off. Going 10-10 from the line in a game of this magnitude is pretty great. But, I believe that PJ Washington was the best player in the game. He single-handedly kept the Wildcats in the game. 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 37 minutes after coming off the bench because they did not know how healthy he was going into it. Too bad he had no help from his teammates. Herro and Travis were held to single digits in points in the biggest games of their lives. I think if they had advanced, they would definitely need to play through Washington and hope that the supporting cast could help out a little bit. But the backcourt duo of Brown and Harper clearly knew that they were going to win the game for Auburn and advance them to Minneapolis for their first Final Four.
Duke vs. Michigan State
I think people wanted to see Duke in the Final Four. Well, believe that the best team moved on. Xavier Tillman was the X-Factor of this game. While he was guarding Zion, it seemed like he was able to stay in front of him. Cassius Winston gave himself the Bob Cousy award after this game. He knows that he can take over any game at any time as seen when he single-handedly went on a 11-0 run. Zion needed another player to step up. He played the whole tournament practically by himself. Sure, 3 future NBA starters were along side him, but, he needed a thirty point game. But, all in all, I felt great when the former walk-on, Kenny Goins, hit the game winner and gave the Spartans the chance of moving onto the Final Four.