The Elite 8 is the Regional Final round, with the winner of all four games going to the Final Four at a separate location. By this point in the tournament, if the #1 and #2 seeds in each region have not lost, they will face each other in the game. Teams must win their first three games of the tournament in order to reach the Elite 8. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Elite 8 basketball tickets.
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Once the 2018 NCAA Tournament has whittled the Sweet 16 teams in half, the remaining eight teams will suit up for the regional finals on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, two days that have become known as the Elite Eight. Day one gets the ball rolling with the West and South regions, giving the spotlight to the Midwest and East regions the following day. The 2018 Elite Eight games are played in the same locations of the preceding Sweet 16 matchups at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California (West), Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia (South), CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska (Midwest) and TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts (East).
2011 - (1) Kansas vs. (11) VCU: VCU didn’t even think they’d make the tournament in 2011, and with a big win over #1 Kansas, they went to the Final Four for the first time in school history. The Rams went out to a 41-27 lead by halftime behind a 12-for-25 3-point shooting night, while Kansas was abysmal from the arc going only 2-for-21. Kansas also shot only 53% from the free throw line.
2010 – (5) Michigan State vs. (6) Tennessee: In one of the most exciting contests of the year, the Michigan State Spartans made it past Tennessee when Raymar Morgan’s free throw gave them a lead with less than two seconds left in the game. Tennessee had a great night from the field, but it wasn’t enough to overtake Izzo’s squad and their impressive tournament run came to an end.
2008 – (1) Kansas vs. (10) Davidson: This one actually ended with the big team getting past the little guy, but not after some tense moments. Kansas tried to shut down Stephen Curry, and while that’s not possible, keeping him to only 25 points was seen as a job well done. Davidson had a great run in the tournament, but the Kansas defense was stifling and Kansas went on to eventually win a national title.