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Friday, December 09, 2022

March Madness: What to look for in a stacked Final Four

March Madness took a power outage when it turned to the Final Four. No more brave daughters, just like we enjoyed the run at Saint Peter’s. No more double-digit seeds seeking distress.

Blue Blood in the Great Easy. It can be an everyday weekend of games and we have an overview of what to look for:

Paolo Banchero, Duke. Attack, defense, clutch play – the 6-foot-10 freshmen can do it all. No wonder he is projected as a possible top-3 pick in the NBA draft.

Ochai Agabji, Kansas. The first-team All-American is perhaps the best athlete in the Final Four – and that says something in this bracket.

Collin Gillespie, Villanova. Heavy, steady, stubborn and experienced. The perfect floor leader for one of the game’s most effective teams.

Mark Williams, Duke. Scoring over the 7-1 second year in the track is an achievement. To be immersed by him is almost inevitable.

Caleb Daniels, Villanova. The New Orleans native is on his way home and will have to make a difference with Moore out. He has the tools.

Chance to win the national title, according to FanDuel Sportsbook: Duke plus-160, Kansas plus-180, Villanova plus-450, North Carolina plus-500.

Final Four Match Chance: Kansas minus-4.5 vs. Villanova; Duke minus-4 against North Carolina.

Over / Under: Kansas-Villanova 151 points, Duke North Carolina 132.5.

3_Hall of Fame coaches in the Final Four: Krzyzewski, Self and Wright.

17_Combined national championships. Each team won at least three, a first for the Final Four.

21_Final Fours for North Carolina, an NCAA record.

61_Combined last four appearances for Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Villanova.

83_Villanova’s free throw percentage, in the pace of breaking Harvard’s NCAA record of 82.2% set in 1994.

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