The Final Four is now set. Just as
everyone 0.009% of the brackets predicted, the four teams remaining are #1-seed North Carolina, #2-seed Oklahoma, #2-seed Villanova… and #10-seed Syracuse.
While the North Carolina Tar Heels took care of business in the East region (the only #1-seed to do so), Villanova took out overall #1 Kansas en route to claiming the South region final, and Buddy Hield and the Oklahoma Sooners crushed #1-seed Oregon to win the West. However, the biggest surprise run of the tournament has been the Syracuse Orange.
The Orange looked as though their hopes would be cut short in the Elite 8 battle against the Virginia Cavaliers. But their stifling defense locked up and allowed coach Jim Boeheim and the Orange to go on a 25-4 run to finish the game, and defeat Virginia 68-62.
“It was a whole team effort and these guys really deserve it,” Boeheim said. “We beat a great basketball team. I’ve never been prouder in all my 40 years as coach of a basketball team as I am of this team tonight.”
There was not a shortage of reactions to Syracuse’s improbable comeback against Virginia on Twitter, from fans to analysts to former players. Here are some of them, captured by Social Delta:
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 28, 2016
With everything that happened to Syracuse this season this season this is about the most remarkable Final Four run I have ever seen.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 28, 2016
No quit in these boys! The 🍊 are headed to Houston!!
— Gerry McNamara (@Coach_McNamara) March 28, 2016
Incredible comeback by Syracuse. Incredible.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 28, 2016
So UConn gets a postseason ban, wins title next year. Syracuse gets one, gets to Final Four next year. Everyone break rules, quickly!
— CJ Moore (@CJMooreBR) March 28, 2016
Houston We Have A Problem pic.twitter.com/ubYy6vHEGO
— Derrick Coleman (@44TheLegend) March 28, 2016
View the entire graph of Syracuse’s comeback win over Virginia here. The Orange will take on UNC in the Final Four this Saturday.