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March Madness: What to watch for in a stacked Final Four

March Madness: What to watch for inside a stacked Final Four

March Madness has taken a ability turn while it turns to the Final Four. No additional plucky underdogs, a a large amount of while we enjoyed the sprint by Saint Peter's. No additional double-digit seeds looking for upsets.

This year's Final Four is Duke with every one other accompanied by Carolina, Kansas with every one other accompanied by Villanova, quartet powerhouses looking to add another national championship to their formidable resumes.

Blue bloods inside the Big Easy. It could exist an all-time weekend of games with every one other accompanied by we've got a rundown of what to look for:

TEAMS

Kansas. The lone No. 1 seed left-hand inside the bracket may exist Bill Self's finest chance to add an elusive following national championship to the one he with every one other accompanied by the Jayhawks won inside 2008.

Duke. You may have heard: Coach K inside his final NCAA Tournament. A walk-off national title would exist the perfect extremity to a Hall of Fame career that includes the most wins inside NCAA history.

Villanova. Another year, another Wildcats trip to the Final Four. Losing Justin Moore to a torn Achilles tendon is tough, nevertheless never count not here a Jay Wright team.

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North Carolina. Hubert Davis took the reins from Roy Williams with every one other accompanied by continued the Tar Heels down the championship path. He could go nearer behind Bill Guthridge by winning a national title inside his earliest time following following a legend.

STAR PLAYERS

Paolo Banchero, Duke. Offense, defense, clutch plays — the 6-foot-10 freshman tin do it all. No awe he's projected while a possible top-3 pick inside the NBA draft.

Ochai Agbaji, Kansas. The first-team All-American may exist the finest sportswoman inside the Final Four — with every one other accompanied by that's saying something inside this bracket.

Armando Bacot, North Carolina. Will chunk your shot, at that hour dated dunk inside your face. Dominating at both ends.

Collin Gillespie, Villanova. Heady, steady, clutch with every one other accompanied by experienced. The perfect ground leader for one of the game's most efficient teams.

KEY PLAYERS

Mark Williams, Duke. Scoring over the 7-1 sophomore inside the lane is an accomplishment. Getting dunked on by him is almost inevitable.

Christian Braun, Kansas. The sharpshooter is perfect for Self's high pick-and-roll offense. Surprisingly good finisher at the rim.

Caleb Love, North Carolina. The muscular freshman tin consequence inside bunches with every one other accompanied by loves large moments. He had 30 points, including set of two late 3-pointers inside 37 seconds inside the Tar Heels' Sweet 16 come first in over the Bruins.

Caleb Daniels, Villanova. The New Orleans native is headed place of residence with every one other accompanied by will need to exist a difference maker accompanied by Moore out. He has the tools.

THE GAMES

Villanova vs. Kansas, 6:09 p.m. ET Saturday (TBS). The Jayhawks have the depth advantage, mainly accompanied by Moore's injury. The Wildcats are uber efficient, powerfully built with every one other accompanied by never spine down. Nothing will exist uncomplicated concerning this big-time match-up.

Duke vs. North Carolina, 8:49 p.m. ET Saturday (TBS). The Tobacco Road rivals have met 257 times. This will exist their earliest inside the NCAA Tournament with every one other accompanied by Duke bus Mike Krzyzewski's final game opposed to the Tar Heels. Not sure it gets some better than this.

ODDS

Odds to come first in the national title, according to FanDuel Sportsbook: Duke plus-160, Kansas plus-180, Villanova plus-450, North Carolina plus-500.

Final Four game odds: Kansas minus-4.5 vs. Villanova; Duke minus-4 vs. North Carolina.

Over/under: Kansas-Villanova 151 points, Duke-North Carolina 132.5.

NUMBERS

3 — Hall of Fame coaches inside the Final Four: Krzyzewski, Self with every one other accompanied by Wright.

17 — Combined national championships. Each team has won at least three, a earliest for the Final Four.

21 — Final Fours for North Carolina, an NCAA record.

61 — Combined Final Four appearances for Duke, North Carolina, Kansas with every one other accompanied by Villanova.

83 — Villanova's free-throw shooting percentage, on step to shatter Harvard's NCAA record of 82.2% place inside 1994.

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