Watch: 'Best Ever' or 'Disgrace'? National Anthem Before Final Four Draws Divisive Reviews


The Final Four has many traditions and another one of them took place before the two semifinal games on Saturday in Minneapolis.

Each of the four schools playing had a student-athlete representative take part in the singing of the national anthem. Student-athletes from Virginia, Auburn and Michigan State sang while one from Texas Tech played the guitar.

As with seemingly everything in the world these days, the anthem drew mixed reviews as some loved the idea of the blending of voices to produce the song.

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But others hated the idea of the NCAA tinkering with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and treating it more like a song than a national anthem.

One of the singers, volleyball player Morgan Kull of Auburn, explained how this all came about where she got chosen to sing at the Final Four.

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“My assistant coach reached out to me and she was like, ‘Hey, send in a video. If we make it to the Final Four you can sing the National Anthem.’ So I recorded a video, sent it in and I was on Toomer’s Corner rolling the trees and I got a text message saying, ‘Hey, you’re headed to the Final Four to sing the National Anthem.'”

Did you enjoy that rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner"?

Just like the national anthem drawing mixed opinions, the same can be said about the most pivotal play that took place on Saturday.

At the end of the Virginia-Auburn game there was a controversial foul call with 0.6 seconds left that benefited Virginia and kept Auburn from their first NCAA Championship Game.

That play was seemingly the only thing on Saturday that garnered more reactions than the singing of the anthem. Virginia will now play Texas Tech in Monday’s National Championship Game.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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