Before the ball is tipped in the two national semifinal games Saturday, players and coaches will do a lot of little things to get ready. Some of those things are rituals and superstitions. Kid Reporter Jake Aron asked players from all four teams what they’ll be doing, and he got a lot of answers related to their footwear.
Here are some of the responses:
Oscar Robertson visited the Final Four on Friday to present a player of the year trophy — which is named for him — to Creighton's Doug McDermott. The award is given out by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and has been since 1959. Robertson won it the first two years, and later averaged a triple-double for an entire NBA season. He is in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
After the presentation, Robertson sat down with me to answer some questions about the Final Four now and what it was like when he played in it more than 50 years ago.
Watch my interview with one of basketball's greats below!
I knew that covering the Final Four was going to be great. But I didn’t think it would be this good. I’ve only been at AT&T Stadium one day, and already a lot of cool things happened!
The Associated Press (AP) handed out its awards for the player and coach of the year. Doug McDermott of Creighton was voted AP College Basketball Player of the Year and Gregg Marshall of Wichita State was voted best coach.
I spoke with Doug and his dad, Greg, who is also his coach at AT&T Stadium today. I wondered when the last time Greg McDermott beat his son in a game of 1-on-1. “It’s probably when he was in high school,” he told me. “I’m smart enough not to try anymore.” Later, I asked Doug if he remembered losing to his dad in one-on-one and he laughed. “I think he might be lying. I don’t remember that.”
Watch the rest of my interview below!
The NCAA Final Four is at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this weekend, and Kid Reporter Jake Aron will be bringing you stories you won’t find anywhere else!
Jake will be interviewing players, coaches and other celebrities who have come to Texas for the biggest moment in college basketball. The Final Four games will be played on Saturday: Florida takes on Connecticut and Wisconsin faces Kentucky. The winners of those games will meet each other in the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game Monday night.
In sports, there’s nothing more epic than an all-or-nothing matchup of two elite teams. And this year’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament could give us just that.
The first two teams in the Final Four – Connecticut (38-0) and Notre Dame (36-0) – are both undefeated. Since they’re on different sides of the bracket, the Huskies and Fighting Irish could meet in a championship game of two unbeaten teams. With both schools looking for a perfect season, and the Huskies battling for their second straight national championship, it would be one of the best sports moments of the year.
We started with 68 teams, and now we're down to the Final Four. After a weekend of epic Elite Eight action, Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Kentucky are Texas bound. The semi-final games of the tournament will be played on April 5, followed by the championship game on April 7.
We get you caught up on this weekend's action, preview the Final Four match ups, and predict what teams will be playing for the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball title. Check it out below, and let us know what teams you think will make it to the final round of the tournament!