North Carolina vs. Gonzaga in the championship game in Glendale, Ariz. The Tar Heels (32-7) go for their sixth title and third under Roy Williams, who returns six players from last April's loss to Villanova. Gonzaga (37-1) is making its title-game debut.
Gonzaga vs. South Carolina tips off the Final Four in Glendale, Ariz. Guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Sindarius Thornwell, the WCC and SEC players of the year, respectively, head Final Four newcomers that thrive on defense under Mark Few and Frank Martin, ranking 1-2 in points allowed per 100 possessions.
North Carolina vs. Oregon in a Final Four matchup in Glendale, Ariz. Roy Williams' Tar Heels bid for back-to-back title-game berths, while Oregon plays its first semifinal since winning the first NCAA title in 1939. Justin Jackson and Dillon Brooks star at forward, winners of the ACC and Pac-12 player of the year, respectively. Ducks junior Jordan Bell and UNC senior Kennedy Meeks are the tournament's top two rebounders.
South Carolina vs. Florida in a regional final in New York. After totaling just three NCAA wins last year, the SEC has three teams in the Elite Eight in one day, beginning with this unlikely clash at MSG. The Gamecocks and Gators split 1-1 this season. South Carolina senior Sindarius Thornwell averaged 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals, while KeVaughn Allen's 26 points led Florida in its home win after the team shot 0-for-17 from distance in losing in Columbia.
North Carolina vs. Kentucky in a regional final in Memphis. With a combined 36 Final Four appearances, these regal rivals are no strangers to the Elite Eight stage in this rematch of Kentucky's 103-100 win over the Tar Heels in Las Vegas on Dec. 17. Malik Monk's 47 points shattered the Wildcats' freshman record of 35, while ACC player of the year Justin Jackson scored 35 in defeat for UNC.
Kansas vs. Oregon in a regional final in Kansas City, Mo. Senior Frank Mason III leads the Jayhawks' bid for a 15th Final Four after cruising to three wins by 30 ppg. Oregon's recent 0-3 mark in the Elite Eight began with a 104-86 loss to Kansas in 2002. Sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey has scored at least 20 points in all six of the Ducks' postseason games this month.
Gonzaga vs. Xavier in a regional final in San Jose. A first-ever trip to the Final Four awaits the Bulldogs or Musketeers, who are both in their third regional final after sweating out Sweet 16 wins. Juniors Nigel Williams-Goss and Trevon Bluiett star in the backcourt. Gonzaga fell to UConn (1999) and Duke (2015) in its previous Elite Eight appearances, while Xavier lost to Duke (2004) and UCLA (2008).