For the first time in NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball history the Final Four will feature teams that combined have won 17 national championships.
The University of Kansas, winner of three national championships; will take on Villanova, winner of three as well.
For the first time ever, the University of North Carolina, winner of seven national championships, will compete in the NCAA Tournament against arch-rival Duke University, winner of five national titles.
The Tarheels won national championships in 1924, 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009 and 2017.
The Blue Devils cut down the nets in the tournament finals in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015.
The Jayhawks claimed the national title in 1952, 1988 and 2008 compared to Villanova’s championship title wins in 1985, 2016 and 2018.
No. 2 seed, Villanova moved on from the Elite 8 by defeating Houston 50-44, and Kansas, a No. 1 seed, came from behind to eliminate the University of Miami 76-50.
North Carolina, a No. 8 seed, denied St. Peter’s, a No. 15 seed, the change to try on the glass slipper by ousting the Peacocks in their Elite 8 meeting, 69-49.
nwDuke, a No. 2 seed, eliminated Arkansas, a No. 4 seed, 78-69 to set up the showdown with North Carolina, the university that has now made 21 trips to the final four, more than any other school in the history of NCAA Division 1, men’s basketball.