By Matt Denhartigh
Just weeks ago there were 64 teams battling for a national championship, now as we enter the first week of April there are just four remaining.
Four of the best teams in the country have made it to the semi-final round of the National Championship tournament and fans across the country are preparing for a wild weekend of games, as the final four teams face off this coming Saturday, April 2.
The first game of the night will be an intense match-up between the Kansas Jayhawks (No.1 seed) and the Villanova Wildcats (No. 2 seed). Both teams have fought hard to make it this far, defeating everyone who crossed their paths.
Both teams have won the natty championship three times, and are looking to add a fourth to their resume. The Wildcats last won the chip in 2018, as they defeated the Michigan Wolverines 79-62. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks haven’t cut down the nets since 2008, when they beat the Memphis Tigers in overtime 75-68.
Basketball fans, get your popcorn out, cause, this game is going to be fun. Expect a war between these two teams, as both look to continue their madness run to the finals.
If you thought the first game of the night was going to be intense, reload those popcorn buckets because the next game is going to be one for the history books.
In game two of the night, the North Carolina Tarheels take on the Duke Blue Devils. This game looks to be a battle, as the two rival schools look to book their ticket to the finals.
The two schools are located just 11 miles apart from one another, but they’ll be playing in unfamiliar territory this weekend, as they face off 850 miles away from home in the Caesar’s Dome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The two teams have had a historic rivalry dating back decades. Both teams played each other in the regular season, and split both games played, as Duke won the first game and UNC took the second.
The North Carolina team came into the tournament as an eighth seeded underdog, and knocked off ninth seeded Marquette, one seeded Baylor Bears, as well as the fourth seeded UCLA Bruins, and the 15th seeded St. Peter’s Peacocks.
The Tar Heels are looking to knock off another high ranked opponent in the two seeded Blue Devil squad.
The North Carolina team looks to advance to the finals, and capture their seventh national championship. Their last championship victory came in 2017, with a victory against the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 71-65.
One of the biggest storylines of the tournament and of the final four matchups would be with Duke’s head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K). Coach K is in his final season coaching at Duke University after a lengthy 41-year tenure.
During his coaching career at Duke, he has won five national championships, with his most recent coming in 2015, as they defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 68-63. He has also won 100-plus playoff games over his years at Duke, and is looking to add another win and another title to his simply staggering resume.
Coach K has the pieces to make another March Madness run, and it will be exciting to see what his team can do come Saturday night.
Both games are being broadcasted live Saturday night on TBS, with Villanova vs. Kansas starting at 6:09 p.m., and Duke vs. North Carolina starting at 8:49 p.m.