Minneapolis Final Four field set

March 31, 2019 10:28 PM

The games are now set ahead of the upcoming Final Four in Minneapolis next weekend.

Saturday's Final Four games will pit the Auburn Tigers against the Virginia Cavaliers, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders against the Michigan State Spartans. Those games are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (CT), respectively.


Then, the winners will face off for the National Championship at 8 p.m. on Monday.

After few upsets early in this year's tournament, things look a little different heading into the Final Four. 

Virginia is the only No. 1 seed to make it through to the final weekend of the season, with No. 1 overall seed Duke in the East and Gonzaga in the West losing in the regional finals. Midwest Region top seed North Carolina lost in the Sweet 16.

That leaves a No. 2 seed in Michigan State, a No. 3 seed in Texas Tech and a No. 5 seed in Auburn.

That's one team each from the Atlantic Coast, the Big Ten, the Big 12 and the Southeastern conferences.

As for the coaches, Michigan State's Tom Izzo is in the Final Four for the eighth time and first since 2015. He's joined by a trio of first-timers in Virginia's Tony Bennett, Texas Tech's Chris Beard and Auburn's Bruce Pearl.

The games are being played in U.S. Bank Stadium. It'll be the first time Minnesota will host a NCAA men's basketball Final Four since 2001.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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