Men’s Final Four Preview


By Sarah Park

As we enter the last and final week of college basketball, the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, will be hosting the 2022 Final Four. On Saturday, April 2nd, Kansas will play Villanova at 6:09. After this game, Duke will play North Carolina at 8:49pm. Here is a rundown of the four final teams.

The Kansas Jayhawks, the number one seed of the Midwest, have the highest odds of winning this year’s tournament. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Jayhawks as the 4.5 point favorites against Villanova. The Jayhawks excel particularly in their offense. Specifically, they are ranked number 7 in the country as in adjusted offensive efficiency. They are making 35.6 percent of their 3-point attempts and 53.8 percent of their 2-point attempts. Not to mention, Kansas is lethal on the offensive glass. They are able to attain a prodigious amount of second-chance opportunities, due to their ability to grab 33 percent of their missed shots.   

The Jayhawks will have a tough match-up against the Villanova Wildcats. Head Coach Jay Wright proudly leads this team to be the potential highest free throw shooting team in Division 1 history. In March, free throws are crucial, especially in crunch times, so the Wildcats have an edge in close games as a result. Villanova also has an incredible ability to protect the ball, committing a turnover on only 15.5 percent of its offensive possessions.

Senior, Julie Jenkins, puts her money on Kansas. “If Ochai Ogbaji is able to facilitate, play good defense, and drive through the open lanes, this team will win. No other team will be able to stop them,” Jenkins stated.

The Duke vs. North Carolina game is a game that all basketball fans are eager to watch, even for those who are not fans of the Blue Devils or Tarheels. Duke vs. North Carolina is always a thrilling event, but now a ticket into the National Championship is on the line. This is the first time the two historic rivals meet in the NCAA tournament ever. This will also be Coach Kryzewski’s last time battling the Tarheels as he hopes to get revenge on them after they spoiled his last regular season game in the Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke has a very strong young squad this year, as they are hoping to bring Coach Kryzewski his sixth and final National Championship. Coach K will be entering his 13th Final Four, the most Final Fours of all time. Duke is an utterly different team in the postseason tournament and they have progressively grown throughout the season and it has shown in their NCAA tournament run; they have been able to close out games, play tough defense, and make big shots in clutch moments.

UNC entered this tournament as the Number 8 seed and shocked most of the nation. They have ruined Coach Kryzewski’s big moment campaign and they can certainly do it again. If Junior, Armando Bacot, can board efficiently and Senior, Brady Manek, can make three’s down the road, then this team will be unstoppable.

Another senior, Jenna Lewis, puts her faith on the greatest college basketball coach of all time, Coach Kryzewski. Lewis said, “Duke is angry and they want revenge. Duke does not lose twice to North Carolina, especially with the National Championship on the line. As long as Duke stays focused and does not play as a ‘young team’, they will stampede on any and every team that comes in their way.”

Without a doubt, this year’s Final Four will be historic. Four blue bloods go at it, fighting for the National Championship. Can college basketball get any better than this?