March Madness down to just four teams

Monday, March 28th, 2022

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March Madness Final Four Betting

The NCAA Tournament's Final Four has been set with the results of this past weekend's Elite Eight games. The results from this past weekend and a look at Saturday's semifinal matchups provide some insight into what's coming in the remainder of the competition.

Villanova Gets Ugly Win Over Houston

The second seed Villanova Wildcats had to fight till the end to get the win over the fifth-seeded Houston Cougars. Jermaine Samuels scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Wildcats, who had to grind out a close victory while shooting only 28.8% from the field in the game.

Houston didn't shoot much better at 29.8% overall but shot a dreadful 5% (1-20) from three-point range. Taze Moore was the only player in double figures for the Cougars with 15 points. He also added ten rebounds to lead Houston.

Villanova moves on to its first Final Four since 2018 to face Kansas.

Duke beats Arkansas

The number two seed Duke Blue Devils led for most of this game while shooting 54.7% to get the victory over Arkansas. Duke had four players in double figures, with AJ Griffin leading the way with 18 points.

Paolo Banchero added 16 points and seven rebounds and Mark Williams had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Jaylin Williams had 19 points and ten rebounds in a losing effort for the Razorbacks.

Duke will play ACC rival North Carolina on Saturday in the Final Four.

North Carolina Crushes Saint Peter's

North Carolina didn't get much competition in their Elite Eight matchup vs. Saint Peter's, taking a 19-point lead at the break and cruising to the 69-49 victory.

Armando Bacot scored 20 points and had an impressive 22 rebounds for the Tar Heels. Brady Manek followed up with 19 points and eight rebounds. Fousseyni Drame came off the bench to score 12 points and added seven rebounds for the Peacocks.

The Tar Heels have played in a record twenty Final Fours and will face Duke for the first time in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Jayhawks Defense Handles Hurricanes

The Kansas Jayhawks trailed by six points at the half against Miami but outscored the Hurricanes by 32 points in the second, holding them to just 15 points in the 76-50 win.

The Hurricanes shot a dismal 34.5% overall and were 14.3% from beyond the arc. They were also out-rebounded 41-28. Ochai Agbaji led Kansas with 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting in the game.

Kansas moves on to face Villanova in the first Final Four matchup on Saturday night. These teams have met each other three times in the NCAA Tournament, with the matchup victor winning the national championship each time.

Historic Final Four

The teams in this Final Four have more NCAA Championships combined than any semifinal in history. All the teams in this Final Four are previous tournament winners.

Villanova has made it this far on seven previous occasions, winning it all three times in 1985, 2016, and 2018. North Carolina has won the tournament six times, Duke has won five championships, and Kansas has won three national titles.

Second-seed Villanova will play the first game against top-seeded Kansas on Saturday night in New Orleans. Eighth-seed North Carolina and second-seed Duke play in their first-ever matchup in the tournament in the second game.

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