By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com — It appears Coach K’s final chapter will have a distinctly blue tint to it with the Final Four down to four blue blood programs in Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Villanova.
The (32-6) Blue Devils are No. 1 in KenPom’s offensive efficiency ratings. Paolo Banchero is a likely top-3 pick in this year’s NBA draft as the 6-10 freshman is a matchup nightmare for opponents.
The Jayhawks (32-6) looked vulnerable after consecutive late-season losses, but have rounded into form at just the right time. They are the sole No.1 seed remaining.
The (28-9) Tar Heels are the only entrant without 30 wins on the season. They got their first season under Hubert Davis off to a shaky start, but Davis has since pulled the right strings.
The Wildcats (30-7) shoot 83% from the free-throw line and have won 14 of 15, including the Big East Tournament. They lost 2nd leading scorer Justin Moore to a torn Achilles in their win over Houston.