Unorthodox Final Four national anthem draws cheers, jeers

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Many liked the Final Four's unique national anthem, but as is always the case with things that are different, there were plenty of detractors. (AP)
Many liked the Final Four's unique national anthem, but as is always the case with things that are different, there were plenty of detractors. (AP)

In what’s become tradition, the rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner before the tip of Saturday’s Final Four action featured representatives from each of the four participating schools.

The four student-athletes — Auburn volleyball player Morgan Kull, Michigan State soccer player Zach Kovan, Virginia volleyball player Milla Ciprian and Texas Tech hurdler Dorian Williams Jr. — took an unorthodox approach, harmonizing over Williams’ acoustic guitar while tinkering at times with the melody.

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The Final Four invited students from participating schools to sing the anthem in 2015 in Indianapolis and has done so ever sense.

Saturday’s rendition, while different, was uplifting and set a bright tone for the beginning of the Final Four. It drew a lot of positive social media response. But as is always the case with things that are different, it also had its detractors.


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