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The 2022 NCAA Tournament delivered historic upsets and millions of busted brackets, but there’s nothing Cinderella about the
programs and matchups in the Final Four on Saturday night. Kansas, Villanova, Duke and North Carolina have combined for 61 Final
Four appearances and 17 national championships, including the winners in seven of the last 13 title games. It’s a blue-blood Final
Four field with programs whose reach and recognition are wide-ranging, making Saturday night one of the most-anticipated evenings in
the history of college basketball.
The four programs even have some history against each other. Kansas and Villanova played in the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2016 and
2018, with the most recent meeting coming in the Final Four and the winner going on to claim the national championship in all
instances. Duke beat Kansas for Mike Krzyzewski’s first national championship back in 1991. Villanova beat Duke on the way to Jay
Wright’s first Final Four and then defeated North Carolina at the buzzer to claim Wright’s first title with the program. The only
programs who don’t have NCAA Tournament history are the two who know each other best: the Tobacco Road rivals of Duke and North
No. 1 seed Kansas and No. 2 seed Villanova will get the historic proceedings started in the 6:09 p.m. ET tipoff from New Orleans,
rematching the national semifinal from San Antonio four years ago. After Game 1, at approximately 8:49 p.m., No. 2 seed Duke will
play No. 8 seed North Carolina. Mike Krzyzewski’s retirement tour has been one of the big draws for sports fans, and now the Blue
Devils’ dream season will be on the line against their biggest rival. When you consider the history of both of these programs in the
Final Four and the gravity of where both Duke and North Carolina are in this moment — the Blue Devils finishing out Coach K’s last
season while North Carolina has made the Final Four in Year 1 with Hubert Davis — the stage could not be bigger.
You can see why fans are so excited to watch and stream this Final Four, because that’s not half of what you should be on the
lookout for on Saturday night. Let’s get to the big storylines for the national semifinals this weekend.
Historic stage for best rivalry in college basketball
Duke and North Carolina have played 257 times but never in the NCAA Tournament, so to have this meeting come not only in the Final
Four but with all the context of this season brings historic weight to the occasion. Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils hoped to finish
the season here with a talent-rich roster of future NBA talent that started the year ranked in the top 10, reached No. 1 in the AP
Top 25 poll and won the program’s first regular season ACC crown since 2010. But along the path to a No. 2 seed, Duke did have some
setbacks, none more notable than North Carolina’s 94-81 win in Coach K’s final game inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Publicly, the Duke players have avoided making strong connections between that loss and Saturday’s national semifinal. It’s been a
very business-like the approach by the Blue Devils — one that differs greatly from the passion that’s defined the Duke-North
Carolina rivalry during Coach K’s time in Durham. North Carolina beating Duke in Cameron on March 5 was just the latest in a long
string of iconic moments — we’ve collected some of our favorites for you in advance of the game — in a rivalry that’s up there
with best not just in the college basketball but all of American team sports. Other rivalries have already had their postseason
moment, but until now, Duke-North Carolina has remained within the friendly confines of the ACC regular season and conference
tournament. Now it’s happening at the Final Four with a wide-ranging audience and a national championship on the line. No matter
what happens, Saturday night’s game will be a historic moment in the rivalry.
Villanova adjustments after Justin Moore injury
Outside of the four wins themselves, no aspect of the Elite Eight had more of an impact on Saturday’s national semifinals than
Justin Moore’s injury in the final minute of Villanova’s 50-44 win against Houston in the South Regional final. Moore suffered an
Achilles injury and was ruled out the day after the game with Wildcats coach Jay Wright noting the significance in losing a team
captain, the second-leading scorer and “one of the best rebounding guards” in his time at Villanova.
Now that Wright and the Wildcats are in New Orleans, the message has been clear: they’ve got to adjust the way they play with Moore
out of the lineup. Villanova already had a thin rotation of about six players, so even losing one is going to mean more
responsibility for players who haven’t been in these spots before. Look for Chris Arcidiacano and possibly Bryan Antoine to be X-
factors with more minutes, but Wright also had to adjust the many ways Moore plays into out-of-bounds situations, press-break and
other sets that will be key to getting past a strong Kansas side.
Lone No. 1 seed somehow under the radar
The Duke-North Carolina showdown is taking up a ton of oxygen heading into the Final Four, and Villanova’s two national
championships in the last five tournaments makes it easy to focus on the Wildcats and their injury concerns. Somehow, the winningest
program in the history of Division I men’s college basketball is the least discussed participant in the Blue Blood Final Four, and
on top of that, the Jayhawks are the only No. 1 seed left in this tournament!
But Kansas knows this isn’t a popularity contest, and being below-the-fold in terms of pre-Final Four hype means nothing for their
chances of winning a national championship. The oddsmakers do have the Jayhawks with the second-best odds to win it all (+180),
listed by a narrow margin behind Duke (+155) at the time of this writing. Bill Self’s group is experienced — four seniors, a junior
and two sophomores make up the seven-man rotation — and has its own unique motivations after seeing the 2020 NCAA Tournament
canceled when Kansas had the best team in the country. With multiple players from that team here in the Final Four, including 2022
Big 12 Player of the Year Ocahi Agbaji, there’s an opportunity to win the program’s fourth national championship, an elusive
accomplishment for the Jayhawks over the last decade.
2022 Final Four schedule
(1) Kansas vs. (2) Villanova — 6:09 p.m. on TBS (watch live)
(2) Duke vs. (8) North Carolina — 8:49 p.m. on TBS (watch live)
The 2022 NCAA Tournament Final Four has arrived, featuring No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 2 Villanova and No. 2 Duke vs. No. 8 UNC at the
Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday, April 2 (4/2/2022).
The games will be broadcast on TBS starting at 6:09 p.m. ET, and can be streamed live on Sling, DirecTV Stream and other live TV
The Kansas Jayhawks dominated Miami in the regional finals 76-50, led by 18 points from Ochai Agbaji. They’ll play a Villanova
Wildcats team eyeing their third national championship in six years after a 50-44 win over Houston.
The Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels matchup is a showdown of epic proportions. The ACC teams are some of the biggest
rivals in the game, and win or lose, it will be Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last Final Four before retirement. Duke beat Arkansas
78-69 to advance, while UNC ended Saint Peter’s cinderella run 69-49.
Here’s the TV and streaming schedule for the 2022 NCAA Tournament Final Four. All times are ET on Saturday, April 2.
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 2 Villanova, 6:09 p.m. on TBS. Stream on Sling, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV.
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 8 North Carolina, 8:49 p.m. on TBS. Stream on Sling, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV.
Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV and Dish.
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How can I stream the NCAA Tournament Final Four for free?
Cable subscribers can stream the games for free on TBS.com with their cable provider login.
Cord cutters can sign up for a free trial of Sling or YouTube TV to watch games for free.
Hulu + Live TV and DirecTV Stream are alternatives that each include both games, but do not offer free trials.
Can I bet on the games?
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Part of the NCAA Tournament’s charm is that it can pit schools from different corners of the country against each other. Teams that
might go years without scheduling each other during the regular season end up matched in some of the biggest games of the year.
Every now and then, however, there’s a Final Four matchup with a lot more familiarity — when teams from the same conference meet at
this stage. It’s still rare enough to stand out when it happens, and this week Duke and North Carolina will play in an all-ACC
Here are a few other particularly memorable matchups between league rivals at the Final Four:
1976 FINAL: INDIANA 86, MICHIGAN 68
Needing one more win to secure an unbeaten national title — something no men’s team has accomplished since — Indiana faced a
familiar Big Ten foe. Michigan, which had lost to the Hoosiers by six that January and then took Indiana to overtime the following
month, presented a potential roadblock for Bob Knight’s team.
The Wolverines led by six at halftime before Indiana scored 57 points in the second — a title game record for either half.
1985 FINAL: VILLANOVA 66, GEORGETOWN 64
After beating St. John’s in the semis, Georgetown went up against another Big East rival and fell short in its bid for a second
straight title. Villanova shot 79% from the field — a Final Four record — but this upset was about more than shooting.
The Wildcats kept their cool against Georgetown’s pressure defense, and they prevented Patrick Ewing from dominating inside. They
also were able to shorten the game a bit with some well-timed stalling, since there was no shot clock.
1988 FINAL: KANSAS 83, OKLAHOMA 79
After the highest-scoring half in title game history, these two Big Eight teams entered the break tied at 50. Oklahoma forced plenty
of miscues with its pressure defense, but Kansas kept it close with shooting reminiscent of Villanova three years earlier — except
at a faster tempo and with 3-pointers.
Ultimately, this game and this tournament were about Danny Manning. The Sooners simply couldn’t overcome him.
1989 SEMIFINAL: MICHIGAN 83, ILLINOIS 81
Interim coach Steve Fisher guided the Wolverines to a national title, beating Seton Hall in overtime for the championship. One game
earlier, Michigan won another nail biter against one of its Big Ten rivals.
After 33 lead changes, it was tied at 81 when Sean Higgins scored off an offensive rebound in the final seconds to send the
Wolverines to the title game.
2001 SEMIFINAL: DUKE 95, MARYLAND 84
Around the turn of the century, Maryland was a major power in the ACC. The Terrapins played Duke four times in 2001, but won just
once. The Blue Devils wiped out a 10-point deficit in under a minute at the end of regulation, eventually beating the Terps at
Maryland. The Terrapins avenged that with a victory at Duke later in the season.
The Blue Devils edged Maryland in the ACC Tournament, but the Terps weren’t intimidated at the start of their Final Four matchup,
racing to a 39-17 lead. Duke was within 11 at halftime, and the Blue Devils ended up winning by that margin, setting a record for
biggest Final Four comeback.
Duke went on to beat Arizona for the championship. Maryland went on to win it all the following year.
The stage is set for a legendary Final Four matchup between No. 2 seed Duke and No. 8 seed North Carolina on Saturday night, as
retiring Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski faces his arch rival for the final time with a spot in Monday’s national title game on the line.
After the Tar Heels spoiled Coach K’s final home game with a 94-81 victory on March 5, there will also be an element of revenge at
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That victory to close the regular season helped North Carolina get on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble, and the Tar
Heels have not relinquished the momentum. By leading his team this far, first-year coach Hubert Davis has become the first rookie
head coach since former UNC coach Bill Guthridge in 1999 to lead a team to the Final Four.
In and of itself, that’s an impressive accomplishment for Davis. But if he can somehow manage to post a 2-1 record against Duke in
Krzyzewski’s final season and end the Blue Devils’ run in the Final Four, it would mark a legendary chapter in Tar Heels history.
Between the storylines with the coaches, the rivalry of these programs and what’s at stake, this one has all the ingredients of an
all-time great college basketball game.
After more than 100 years of bitter contests between the two schools, this is the first-ever meeting between Duke and North Carolina
in the NCAA Tournament, and it should be a classic.