March Madness

NCAA Final Four: Syracuse, Villanova out to prove odds are wrong

The NCAA Final Four will feature Syracuse against North Carolina while Villanova will meet Oklahoma

The NCAA Final Four stage is set, but both Syracuse and Villanova are out to prove a point that they are not easy to be beaten.

Syracuse was seeded number 10 for this season and they have to work their way to where they are now. They are even considered the biggest “Cinderella” story this season, but the Orange are out to prove that they deserve a shot at the championship as they take on the remaining number one seed the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Syracuse have showed that they are no pushovers as they went on to beat number one seed Virgina, 68-62 in the elite eight and they are not backing out when they take on the Tar Heels. As Pete Fiutak writes that the key factors for Syracuse include scoring on their free throws, getting the rebounds and adjusting to what the defense would give them.

The Orange showed also their defensive prowess that proved pivotal for their comeback against the Cavaliers. With the long week ahead of them, Syracuse for sure has prepared enough to take on the Tar Heels’ offense.

On the other hand, Villanova Wildcats were also seen as a team to reckon with and yet going into the Final Four, they are still considered an underdog behind the shadows of Oklahoma Sooners.

But since being seeded number two at the start of the NCAA Tournament, nobody can deny that the Wildcats played consistency that paved way for them to reach the Final Four stage. Everyone was busy focused on the top-seeded teams and on “Cinderella” stories that they have to play under the radar and only get noticed after beating the top-seeded team in the South, Kansas, via 64-59.

The Wildcats’ driving force as reported by Eddie Pells would be that this is the first time since 2009 that they step back into the Final Four and coach Jay Wright will make sure it will be a memorable one.

Even though the odds are against them and even if they have lost to their respective opponents in the early stages of the season, but both Syracuse and Villanova have learned from their past mistakes. Odds may not be on their side, but both Syracuse and Villanova believe that if destiny smile at them, they will grab it and never let go.

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