North Carolina beat rival Duke in the Final Four, ending coach Mike Krzyzewski’s career and setting up a title game vs. Kansas.
March Madness took a power turn in the Final Four. No more plucky underdogs, much as we enjoyed the run by Saint Peter’s. No more double-digit seeds looking for upsets.
This year’s Final Four was Duke and Carolina, Kansas and Villanova, four powerhouses looking to add another national championship to their formidable resumes.
At Duke, Coach K was in his final NCAA Tournament. A walk-off national title would have been the perfect ending to a Hall of Fame career that includes the most wins in NCAA history.
At North Carolina, Hubert Davis took the reins from Roy Williams and continued the Tar Heels down the championship path. He follows Bill Guthridge by taking UNC to the Final Four in his first season.
Earlier, Kansas and Villanova waged a memorable 3-point shooting contest at the Final Four, one of them racing out to a big lead in the opening minutes and the other spending the rest of the night trying in vain to catch up.