2022 NCAA Tournament Final Four:

(2) Villanova vs. (1) Kansas and (2) Duke vs. (8) North Carolina


This year’s March Madness tournament has been one to remember, and it’s not over yet. For one, the 15 seed Saint Peters Peacocks were able to make it all the way to the Elite 8 against 8 seed North Carolina, although they ended up falling just short of the Final Four. Losing to North Carolina 69-49 they were still able to make history by becoming the first 15 seed in NCAA history to make it to the Elite 8 and look to make an even deeper run next year. Furthermore, Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced that after this season he would be retiring, he coached for 46 years, with 41 of those seasons at Duke. In that time, he obtained a 1,170-361 record the most wins out of any coach in division one basketball history. He also won 5 national championships, 12 national coach of the year awards, 35 NCAA Tournament bids (most by one coach), 97 NCAA Tournament wins (most in NCAA history), and many more achievements. He’s led his team to the Final Four and looks to extend his coaching career two more games as well as add one more national championship to the list.

(2) Villanova vs (1) Kansas. Villanova is very effective on both sides of the ball, and the team’s elite-tier defense was on full display, allowing only 44 points to Houston in the Elite Eight. Villanova has the highest free-throw percentage in Division 1 history at 83 percent. Jay Wright’s team also ranks in the top 10 of the country in adjusted offensive efficiency. The Wildcats are also tremendous on offense, ranking in the top 10 of the country in adjusted offensive efficiency. On both ends of the court, the Jayhawks are a force to be reckoned with. Kansas is ranked No. 7 in adjusted offensive efficiency in the country, attacking opponents from the perimeter while still putting pressure on the rim. Kansas is shooting 35.6 percent from 3-point range and 53.8 percent from 2-point range, and they are a force on the offensive glass. Kansas grabs more than 33% of its missed shots, resulting in several second-chance opportunities, and Bill Self’s squad has above-average assist rates, assists per game, free-throw creation rate, and turnover avoidance rates. Kansas is the favorite heading into this game; however, Villanova shouldn’t be counted out just yet.

(2) Duke vs (8) North Carolina. North Carolina, led by Junior Armando Bacot, a force on the glass and possesses the power to dominate opposing players. Bacot understands how to generate space in the paint and influences the game. He’s averaging 16.5 points per game, 12.8 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. Bacot has the most double-doubles in the nation (28) and hasn’t slowed down during the competition. He had 20 points, 22 rebounds, and two blocks in his most recent game. RJ Davis, a sophomore guard, possesses outstanding quickness and explosion in the backcourt. Davis possesses a lightning-quick first step and can easily go past any defender. He has a per-game average of 13.4 points, four rebounds, and 3.7 assists. He’s also a solid perimeter threat, hitting 36% from three. For Duke, they’re led by Wendell Moore Jr., a junior forward, and a talented all-around player who has an influence on the game in a variety of ways. Moore Jr. is a strong rebounder who can spot the open player. He averages 13.5 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists. He’s also hitting 41% from the three-point range. Moore Jr. had 14 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in his last game. Trevor Keels, a freshman guard, is another key player in the backcourt. Keels has good footwork off the ball and can locate his own shot when necessary. Per game, he averages 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. In 11 games this season, he has scored 13 points or more.

With the Saint Peters Peacocks becoming the first 15 seed in NCAA history to make it to the Elite 8, and Coach K retiring after this season, this year’s March Madness has been one to remember. And its not over yet. Fans are left wondering if Coach K will be able to end out his coaching career a champion, or if he will fall just short. All of these factors make it clear that this year’s March Madness will go down as one of the greatest in history.