Madness in New Orleans

NCAA men’s Final Four preview


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The men’s Final Four games will be played in Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, April 2nd.

Alec Shipley, Web Editor

The 2022 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament is currently in full swing. Also known as March Madness, this year’s tournament has been nothing short of madness, full of Cinderella stories and upsets. With only four teams now remaining, people await the Final Four games to see who will come out on top.

The final four teams left in the tournament are Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina, and Duke. Each of these teams have plenty of experience in the tournament, often referred to as ‘blue bloods’ of college basketball. These ‘blue blood’ teams share plenty of experience in the tournament, and know what it takes to win.

Game 1: No.1 Kansas vs. No. 2 Villanova-Tip off at 5:09 p.m. on TBS

Villanova comes into the Final Four representing the South region of the bracket. They are no stranger to the big stage, winning the NCAA Championship, last winning in 2018. Led by coach Jay Wright, Villanova was able to knock off five seed Houston in the Elite Eight, 50-44, to reach the final four. 

The Wildcats lost a key player in Justin Moore at the very end of the Houston game, where he tore his right achilles. Through these injuries, Villanova is attempting to work around this. Led by senior and leading scorer, Collin Gillespie who averages 15.6 points per game, Villanova still holds the odds over Kansas, with a slim 50.8%-49.2% chance of winning (according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index). 

Kansas comes into this game as the one seed out of the Midwest region, coming off a dominating win against Miami in the Elite Eight, winning 76-50. Kansas makes this their fourth Final Four appearance under the very experienced coach of Bill Self. The Jayhawks are led by leading scorer Ochai Agbaji, who averages 18.9 points per game. 

Overall, both teams come into the game on nine game win streaks, and this should add to the energy of the game.


Game 2: No. 2 Duke vs. No. 8 North Carolina-Tip off at 7:49 on TBS

The Duke Blue Devils come into the Final Four as the 2 seed out of the West region. Wanting to send legendary Coach K out with a bang, the Blue Devils will likely bring a high intensity into New Orleans.

Led by leading scorers Paolo Banchero and other NBA prospects, the Blue Devils look to dominate in this game. The odds of this game are far more offset than those of the first, favoring Duke over North Carolina, 68.4%-31.6%.

Although the odds are against the Tar Heels, this does not deter them. Coming off a blowout win in the Elite Eight against the Cinderella team of the 2022 tournament, Saint Peters, North Carolina has now set their sights on Duke and beyond.

Under the command of first year coach Hubert Davis, the Tar Heels would like to continue the tradition of winning basketball in Chapel Hill. Led by scoring leader Armando Bacot, who averages 16.5 points per game, this Tar Heels team is prepared for a war on the hardwood.


The Final Four is here and that means the end is near for the 2021-2022 basketball season. This years Final Four features four veteran teams that should make it enjoyable to watch for all audiences.