March Madness: Final Four Preview It's that time of year again, as March Madness is in full swing and the Final Four is set. The semifinal matchups feature a pair of No. 1 seeds, a No. 2 seed and a No. 11 seed, and each matchup is sure to be exciting. Here is a preview of each of the four matchups. Gonzaga vs. UCLA The first semifinal matchup is between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the UCLA Bruins. The Bulldogs, who are a No. 1 seed, have been dominant all season, as they have lost only one game and have been one of the most consistent teams in the country. They are led by star forward Corey Kispert, who has been the team's leading scorer all season. The Bruins, who are a No. 11 seed, have been one of the biggest surprises of the tournament. They have been led by guards Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez Jr., who have stepped up in the absence of injured star guard Chris Smith. This should be an exciting matchup between two teams that have both been impressive in the tournament. Houston vs. Baylor The second semifinal matchup is between the Houston Cougars and the Baylor Bears.
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The 32-year-old enjoyed lucrative individual success with FC Barcelona while also being their 2022 EuroLeague MVP and the top proponent of their three-straight EuroLeague Final Fours. But this offseason, the club has decided to cut ties with him despite the fact that Mirotic still has two more years left on their current deal.
In three of the past four FIBA Basketball World Cup tournaments, Serbia has consistently advanced to the final four. Their most recent success occurred at the Mall of Asia Arena, where they convincingly defeated Lithuania with a final score of 87-68. The key factor behind this victory was Bogdan Bogdanovic's exceptional shooting skills. Serbia's recent World Cup journey has seen them reach the semi-finals in 2010, make it to the finals in 2014, and secure a fifth-place finish in China in 2019. In the wake of this defeat, Lithuania will now participate in the Classification Games 5-8.
In three out of the last four FIBA Basketball World Cup tournaments, Serbia has secured a spot in the final four. In their latest victory at the Mall of Asia Arena, they defeated Lithuania with a score of 87-68. This triumph was largely thanks to Bogdan Bogdanovic's impressive shooting skills. Serbia's journey in recent World Cups has seen them reach the semi-finals in 2010, make it to the finals in 2014, and finish in fifth place in China in 2019. Meanwhile, Lithuania will now compete in the Classification Games 5-8.
In 2019, the United States fell short of reaching the Semi-Finals. However, they have now made a strong comeback, securing a spot in the final four by defeating Italy convincingly with a score of 100-63 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.Coach Steve Kerr and his team are patiently awaiting the outcome of the Germany vs. Latvia matchup in their bracket. Meanwhile, Italy will continue to participate in the Classification Games 5-8. The USA's loss to Lithuania was primarily due to Lithuania's remarkable three-point shooting at the start of the game, where they successfully made their first nine three-pointers. In response, the USA shifted its focus towards preventing any successful shooting attempts and employed a full-court zone-press defense, which caused significant problems for Italy. Coach Gianmarco Pozzecco's team struggled to find their rhythm, managing to score only 24 points in the first half. This marked the second-lowest first-half score in the history of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Quarter-Finals, with Turkey's 23-point first half against Argentina in 2006 being the only lower score. In contrast, the United States scored 46 points during the same period, establishing a commanding 22-point lead that allowed them to comfortably maintain control of the game in the second half.
In 2019, the United States missed out on the Semi-Finals, but they have now returned to the final four. They achieved this by comfortably defeating Italy with a score of 100-63 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.