For the first time in a long while, the Final Four will be all bluebloods.
On one side of the bracket are two historical rivals. Duke and North Carolina have met 257 times in the rival’s 102-year history, but next Saturday they meet for the first time in the NCAA tournament in New Orleans.
On the other hand there are two traditional teams that have developed their respective programs into national powerhouses. Villanova eliminated Kansas during Jay Wright’s title runs and rallied late to defeat the Jayhawks in the 2016 Elite Eight before burying them with a barrage of early 3-pointers at the 2018 Final Four.
The final four will be filled with fascination and drama. Dukes head coach Mike Krzyzewski will coach his final game in either Saturday or Monday night in the national championship game. Can Kansas lead the table as the only number 1 in the tournament? Next weekend will be a must on TV thanks to the remaining four blue blood programs.