While other phases seek consistency, special teams gives 49ers stability

27 Sep

One game Kentucky vs. Wisconsin is not only a matchup of two No. 1  seeds, it's a replay of last year's semifinal won by Kentucky, 74 73.

Seventh  seeded Michigan State will face Duke, a four time national champion led  by coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is in his 12th Final Four, tying the  legendary John Wooden.

It is the fifth time at least three No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four. The only top seed sweep was in 2008.

This Cheap World Cup Jerseys | Wholesale Jerseys Store  is the third straight year one conference has had two teams in the  Final Four with Wisconsin and Michigan State coming from the Big Ten.  The Southeastern Conference did it last year with Kentucky and Florida  and the Big East had Louisville and Syracuse in 2013.

Now they get to face Wisconsin, which like Kentucky, is making its second straight Final Four appearance.

Last year's national semifinal came down to a big jumper by Aaron Harrison with 5.7 seconds left.

"That loss left a sour taste in our mouth, so we wanted to get back," Wisconsin's Sam cheap jerseys  Dekker said of the loss to Kentucky. "As a team we set some goals of  what we wanted to do, and now we're two games away from our last  goal."Tying UCLA's Wooden puts Krzyzewski one appearance ahead of Dean  Smith, who made 11 trips to the Final Four. Coach K is tied with Adolph  Rupp for second in titles with four.

"I'm in this moment. I've  been so lucky to be at Duke for 35 years and in the ACC, and the great  players we've had and my past is not important right now," Krzyzewski  said.

"My present is incredibly important and just being with  these kids and sharing this moment and this Final Four, I'm so happy.  I'm so happy for them and to be with them. . I love my team. I love my  team. They are a pleasure to be with, and as a result they're taking me  to Indy, which is kind of neat."

All the coaches except  Wisconsin's Bo Ryan, who made his Final Four debut last year at age 66,  have won a national championship. Michigan State's Tom Izzo won it all  in 2000, while John Calipari took the title with Kentucky in 2012.


Of the four teams headed to NFL Jerseys Cheap and Authentic Online  Indianapolis, only Michigan State didn't have an impressive regular  season. The Spartans had 11 losses, four more than the other three teams  combined. They were 18th in the AP's preseason poll and were out of the  rankings for most of the season, getting back in the final poll at No.  23.

But relying on coach Tom Izzo's trademark offensive rebounding  and team defense, Michigan State made the improbable run to the Final  Four.

"I'd like to tell you that I thought five different times  this year that we were good enough to get to a Final Four, but I'd be  lying to you," Izzo said, adding this was the best of his seven regional  final victories. The Runnin' Rebels lost in the national semifinals to  Duke, which went on to win the first of consecutive championships.

Indiana  State was the last team to do it before UNLV, in 1979 when the  Sycamores, led by Larry Bird, lost in the championship game to Michigan  State and Magic Johnson.

The combined record for the four teams of  133 18 ranks as the fifth highest winning percentage ever (.881). The  2008 Final Four of Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina and UCLA hold the  record for the best winning percentage since the field expanded to 64  teams in 1985. The four entered with a 143 9 mark, a .941 winning  percentage.

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