In a thrilling Elite Eight matchup, San Diego State secured their first-ever appearance in the NCAA men's basketball Final Four with a nail-biting win over Creighton. The game was tied at 68-all with just seconds left on the clock when Creighton's star player committed a last-second foul, sending SDSU to the free-throw line. Senior guard Jordan Schakel coolly sunk both shots, sealing his team's historic victory.
"It feels incredible," said Schakel after the game. "We've worked so hard for this moment and to finally see it all pay off is just amazing."
San Diego State will now face off against Miami, who also booked their place in the Final Four after beating Texas in Sunday's second Elite Eight contest. The Hurricanes put on an offensive masterclass from start to finish, ending with a comfortable 86-72 victory.
Despite being heavy underdogs going into their semifinal clash with SDSU, Miami coach Jim Larranaga is confident that his team has what it takes to pull off another upset.
"We know we're up against one of the best teams in college basketball right now," he said. "But we believe in ourselves and our ability to play as a team."
The stage is now set for what promises to be two thrilling matchups between four of college basketball's top teams. Fans around the country are eagerly anticipating this year's Final Four showdowns – and based on how these teams have performed throughout March Madness so far, they won't be disappointed.