I had Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and UCLA making it to Phoenix. So this is not the Final Four I expected. But let’s be honest. This is not the Final Four you or basically anybody else expected either.
Who had South Carolina winning the East?
Who had Oregon winning the Midwest?
When Gonzaga — a school some have forever insisted would never make a Final Four — finally making the Final Four is among the least surprising developments, you have, by definition, a surprising Final Four. So, absolutely, this is surprising — even though it’s a Final Four featuring three league champs and two No. 1 seeds.
Three men are coaching in their first Final Four.
One man is aiming for his third national title.
Consider this your Final Four lookahead: