The final quartet was determined with the Villanova, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina boxers having tickets to New Orleans. How do the final teams rank?
The road to New Orleans wasn’t always smooth, but the Final Four certainly won tickets to the Big East. Villanova, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina are set to bring a bit of a green-blooded favor to Bourbon Street with some exciting arcade games on Saturday night.
As we did before Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, let’s rank the still dancing teams on their odds to complete the journey by cutting the net on Monday night. We’ll start at the end with North Carolina Tar Heels.
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4. North Carolina Tar Heels
The clock strikes midnight in Saint Peter’s but Tar Heels deserves credit for doing what the other three heavyweights couldn’t by taking down the Peacocks. North Carolina’s aggressive defense strangled Saint Peter’s while Armando Bacot was a huge factor, picking up 14 rebounds from a first-half under-4 wait to capitalize on a shortage of inside size. by the Peacocks.
Hubert Davis’ team caught fire absolutely last month and now get a shot at Duke, where all the pressure is on the Blues to win it all. That scenario led to a victory for Tar Heels in Durham to ruin Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game and a repeat would probably be the ultimate bragging rights to basketball’s oldest opponent. University.
3. Villanova Wildcats
No team in the Final Round 4 has flown more under control than Villanova, who have cooled a red-hot Houston team to reach the third Finals Round 4 in the past seven years. The Wildcats have scored in their last two Finals but they have a significant hurdle to overcome with the loss of Justin Moore to injury.
Moore was on crutches and tore his Achilles tendon in the loss to the Cougars, ending his season and costing Villanova their second scoring title at a crucial time. There’s still a good shot that Villanova can win all over if they’re at a high level and execute their free throws, but the road to victory becomes significantly more difficult without Moore.
2. Blue Devil Duke
History books continue to be rewritten by Krzyzewski because Duke was a lover of betting to win it all. The Blues have grown significantly since struggling at the end of the season but no team has come under more pressure in New Orleans to score goals than Duke.
That pressure proved to be crippling against North Carolina in Krzyzewski’s final home game, and now Tar Heels is set to face Duke again in the first ever NCAA Tournament meeting between the two uneasy opponents. The fact that the Blues are under the most pressure and the match in the Finals is more difficult ensures that they are not at the top of the table at the moment.
1. Kansas Jayhawks
There are a number of moments that can draw your attention to just how dangerous a team can be in the NCAA Tournament. Kansas had one of those on Sunday when they managed to completely flip the scenario on the Miami field in the second half of the Elite Eight game, turning a 35-29 deficit midway into a 76-50 win by way past Hurricanes 47-15 in the second half.
That level of dominance is second to none in the field, making the Jayhawks the team to beat in New Orleans. It won’t be easy for Kansas to win but they are in the best position to lift the championship trophy at the moment.
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