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Final Four NCAA: il go-to-Guy di Virginia, Frankie & il Moro primi Italians in finale

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Un giorno potranno dire «IO c’ero»; ma quel giorno dovranno dire «NOI c’eravamo».  Davide Moretti di Texas Tech in finale NCAA contro Francesco Badocchi di Virginia. Due italiani a giocarsi il titolo di campioni nazionali del college basketball. Il Moro, primo italiano a qualificarsi per la Final Four NCAA. Frankie, il primo italiano in finale. Questione di calendario.
Ma se Badocchi nei Cavaliers, dopo due interventi al ginocchio destro, è di fatto una matricola e fa panca (1’ in campo al primo turno contro Gardner-Webb), Moretti Jr nei Red Raiders non solo è titolarissimo: è protagonista. 
Un sophomore più maturo dei sui 21 anni che non trema neanche dopo uno 0/3 al tiro e 0/2 da tre (la sua specialità), davanti ai 72.711 dell’avveniristico US Bank Stadium dei Minnesota Vikings che un anno fa ospitò il Superbowl NFL. 
Per la prima semifinale, è tutto arancio-blu, i colori che George Petrie, allenatore di football a Auburn, scelse per i Tigers ispirandosi alla sua alma mater: e chi …

TOM IZZO - Michigan State ($ 3.65 mln/year)

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TITLE Head Coach EMAIL msuhoops@ath.msu.edu PHONE 355-1643
Tom Izzo was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 9, 2016, cementing his status as one of the game’s all-time greats. 
Now in his 24th year, Izzo has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, including the 2000 NCAA National Championship, eight regular-season Big Ten Championships, five Big Ten Tournament titles, seven Final Four appearances, eight National Coach of the Year awards and a Big Ten-record 21 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. 
These accomplishments, however, are not what make Izzo one of the best in the game, but rather it is his insatiable desire to accomplish more. 
With a career record of 574-225, it’s easy to see that Izzo knows how to win, but he also knows how to win the right way. In his 23 years directing the Spartan program, 85 percent of his players who completed their eligibility also left with a degree. In the last…

TONY BENNETT - Virginia ($4.15 mln/year)

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ALMA MATER Green Bay '92

Three-time National Coach of the Year Tony Bennett enters his 10th year as the men’s head basketball coach at the University of Virginia. Bennett came to Charlottesville after spending the previous three seasons as the head coach at Washington State where he was the 2007 National Coach of the Year.
Virginia has amassed a 219-86 (.718) record in nine seasons under Bennett’s direction. The Cavaliers have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last five seasons and made their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance since 1995 in 2016.
Virginia has won 29 or more games in four of the last five seasons. Bennett guided UVA to a school-record 31 games and first No. 1 ranking in the AP poll since 1982 in the 2017-18 season. UVA has made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in school history and Bennett has led UVA to a school-record six straight seasons with 23 or more wins.
Be…

Ncaa, Final Four all’italiana: ecco i 5 motivi per non perdersele

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Apre il programma Virignia Auburn, a seguire Michigan State-Texas Tech con Davide Moretti primo italiano a qualificarsi per le Final Four universitarie americane. Badocchi dalla panchina con Virginia University

di RICCARDO PRATESI Gazzetta.it, 6 prile 2019
Quattro pretendenti, un titolo nazionale. La prima palla a due delle Final Four sarà alzata stanotte, 9 minuti dopo la mezzanotte italiana. Virginia-Auburn apre il programma, a seguire Michigan State-Texas Tech. La regina del Grande Ballo universitario sarà poi incoronata di lunedì, come sempre, dopo la finale. Il taglio di retina e la musichetta di One Shining Moment, sempre da brividi, terranno incollata l’America ai televisori o ai computer portatili, per chi non ha la fortuna di vedere le partite, e meglio ancora gustarne l’atmosfera, da Minneapolis. Tra i mille legittimi motivi per non perdersi la magia del college…

Final Four Expert Picks: Who Will Play for the National Title?

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QUICKLY Who do our writers think will play for the 2019 national title in Minneapolis on Monday night, and why? Our Final Four picks are in.
By THE SI STAFF April 04, 2019
In just two days, Virginia and Auburn will play for a spot in Monday's national championship game, with Michigan State and Texas Tech squaring off right after to see who will face the winner. But who's going to come out on top in the 2019 Final Four in Minneapolis? Will Virginia reach its first title game, or will the Tigers keep up their incredible NCAA tournament run? Will the Spartans ride the momentum of their win over Duke, or will the Red Raiders' No. 1 defense prevail?
We asked our writers to make their pick for each game, as well as explaining their decision, reflecting on what could go wrong and naming an under-the-radar x-factor that will be key to the result. Virginia-Auburn …