National preview: Virginia and Purdue have really looooooong Final Four droughts

Posted: 03/30/2019 in college basketball
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Where were you in 1984? How about 1980?

Virginia and Purdue fans know those answers and one of those schools will end a long drought on Saturday.

That’s Virginia that last reached the Final Four in 1984, several months before Tony Gwynn and the San Diego Padres reached the World Series for the first time.

Purdue’s most recent Final Four appearance was 1980, the same season in which it looked like Don Coryell was going to guide the SAN DIEGO Chargers to the Super Bowl but the Weather Gods in Cincinnati froze out that scenario.

In other words, it has been a looooong time since either Virginia or Purdue has reached the pinnacle of college basketball.

The winning coach — either Virginia’s Tony Bennett or Purdue’s Matt Painter — will no longer have to hear about falling short so often either.

Heck, how many times do you think somebody has yelled “UMBC!” at Bennett?

I can’t tell you who will win this game — Virginia can’t possibly score 60, can it? — but I can tell you I handled the national preview duties so at least you will be on top of things as you watch.

 Here is the stellar preview, courtesy of the New York Times …


Might as well drop my Thursday night recaps here (I love discovering Netscape still exists): 

Purdue 99, Tennessee 94 (OT) 

Virginia 53, Oregon 49




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