For some of us, this Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer. For others, it marks the end of the College Lacrosse season. It’s Final Four Weekend! And guess who is back? That’s right, the Maryland Terrapins. The Terps will be making their 4th consecutive trip to Final Four Weekend and will still be looking to end their championship drought, which is now up to 42 after falling just short last year.
The Midwest Region might be the weakest region in the tournament this year. Outside of the top 3 teams there isn’t a whole lot to like and even those teams can be head scratchers at times. Does Bill Self finally get back through to the Final Four this year? Can Rick Pitino win his 2nd title in 5 years? Or will Dillon Brooks and co. finally bring a championship back to the “Conference of Champions”?
The South Region is super top heavy with blue bloods North Carolina, Kentucky, and UCLA, who have a combined 24 titles. While there are some good teams up and down this bracket, you should probably expect Coach Roy and Coach Cal to get back to another Final Four this year. Who else will meet UNC and Kentucky in Memphis next weekend? Let’s take a look.
The West Region is bound to be full of surprises. Gonzaga and Arizona are legitimate Championship contenders but outside of that, this bracket is wide open. If one bracket is going to be full of upsets, it is going to be the West. Will Xavier upset Maryland? Will Dunk City upset Florida State? Will Notre Dame fall into the 5-12 trap? Or will we just see chalk?
The East Region shapes up to be arguably the toughest of the four in the NCAA Tournament this year. With 5 of the last 11 champions in the bracket (Duke twice, Florida twice, and Villanova once), there is plenty of experience and past success in the East this year. Who will cut down the nets at MSG next weekend on their way to the Final Four?? Let’s find out.
In 2007, Art Briles was introduced as the new head football coach at Baylor University. No one knew if it was the right move at the time, but it could not have gotten any worse for Baylor given the Bears’ football team had not put together a winning season since 1995. During Briles’ first couple seasons. there was hope that he might have the ability to turn the program around, signing the recruits that turned out to be stars like Robert Griffin III, Kendall Wright, and Terrance Williams. However, despite all that talent, Briles only went 8-16 in his first two seasons in charge as his future stars were troubled by injuries.
While Memorial Day Weekend is the beginning of the summer for all; this weekend also brings the end to the school year and many collegiate sports. One of these sports is Lacrosse. Since 1986, the final four teams left in Division I Men’s Lacrosse have been meeting in one location every Memorial Day Weekend to determine a National Champion. The venues have grown in size over the past decade from the small confines of the college campuses to the larger expanses of professional football stadiums to house the crowds of 50,000+ fans over the three day weekend. The site of this years championship weekend is Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA; home to the Philadelphia Eagles. Just three short weeks ago, the NCAA tournament started with 18 hopeful teams and has now been dwindled down to the last four standing. These four teams are Maryland, Brown, North Carolina, and Loyola (MD).