Izzo will call Villanova coach Jay Wright for tips. "We have so much respect for his program".
A 165-foot tall NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket is seen on the JW Marriott Indianapolis leading up to the 2015 Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 1, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Don't completely count out the Red Raiders, who last lost a game in December against Duke.
The Tigers ousted North Carolina in the regional semifinal, sandwiched by wins over Kansas and Kentucky.
While this week marks the first time Virginia coach Tony Bennett will draw a healthy paycheck at the Final Four when he arrives in Minneapolis with his team, it's not his initial experience in a working capacity during college basketball's grandest weekend. "He put so much on the line for us this year".
Dick Bennett's fingerprints will be all over this year's NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State (-160) is the 3-point favorite.
Bennett's son, Tony, coaches Virginia. "I think, obviously, I'll visit with my dad".
Why they're in Minneapolis: Tom Izzo has had more talented teams. Another small guard, Harper, was not offered scholarships by bigger schools. I've always played 10 guys double-digit guys. Knowing we got to win two games. Like last year's that featured two lottery picks. From that moment forward, our motive was unfinished business.
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Serving as a volunteer team manager at Wisconsin, he was in Indianapolis at the 2000 Final Four with his dad, then-Badgers coach Dick Bennett.
Bennett's screams of exultation as he was on the ladder cutting the net spoke volumes as it looked like a mix of the thrill of victory but also a stress relief. The Cavaliers are the favorite according to Vegas odds to win the national championship. He's so honest. He just wants to help the game because the game's been so good to him. "I kind of have that feeling".
"I didn't really miss it on objective", said Jerome to end the speculation that the intentional miss was in order, to try to secure at least a tie, "I short-armed and Mamadi did a good play by hitting it and Kihei made the play of the century and Mamadi being ready to shoot". But for 40 minutes or however long we're going to go, it's going to be intense.
Bennett is not alone in feeling his way through the Final Four. "You get your rest and you prepare well". This team, though, simply has a slew of players (i.e. Matt McQuaid and Kenny Goins) that fill their role and outwork their opponent.
On the other side of things, Texas Tech's coach, Chris Beard, had praise for Izzo and his program.
"The coaching is great in this league".
Jerome said Clark made the "play of the century". So when Beard saw he would be facing Izzo's Spartans, he picked up the phone Monday morning.
In 1989, Seton Hall came out flat in its Final Four matchup with Duke, falling behind by 18 before eventually winning by 17 points.
The Tigers have made 12.1 3-pointers per game through their 12-game win streak, and that comes at a 38.6 shot percentage (146 of 378). "They've got big guards, they're able to extend enough defensively to challenge shots".