NCAA FINAL FOUR SET MICHIGAN-VILLANOVA-KANSAS AND WHO? LOYOLA CHICAGO

Joedy McCreary writes Duke started another season at No. 1 but ended it before the Final Four. Now the Blue Devils await the NBA draft decisions from several potential one-and-done freshmen with next year’s top recruiting class arriving over the summer.

Duke’s Marvin Bagley III (35) shoots over Kansas’ Silvio De Sousa (22) during the first half of a regional final game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Stephen Hawkins writes Texas Tech coach Chris Beard gathered his seniors in a tight circle around him when they came out of their final game with 9 seconds left — and one win short of the Red Raiders making it to the NCAA Final Four for the first time.

Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard shouts from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA men’s college basketball tournament regional final against Villanova, Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Aaron Beard writes welcome to a Final Four filled with past national champions — just the way the NCAA selection committee drew it up, right?

Villanova’s Jalen Brunson celebrates after cutting a piece of net following the team’s win over Texas Tech in an NCAA men’s college basketball tournament regional final, Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Boston. Villanova won 71-59 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Steve Megargee writes Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes Loyola-Chicago has a realistic possibility of capping its improbable postseason run with a title.

FILE – In this March 15, 2018, file photo, Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes instructs his team against Wright State in a first-round game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Dallas. Tennessee discovered the thin line separating celebration from devastation in the NCAA Tournament when it lost in the closing seconds to Loyola-Chicago, which made it to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Dave Skretta writes In the six years since Kansas last made the Final Four, coach Bill Self has produced eight NBA draft picks. Six were first-round selections, one was national player of the year and another was the No. 1 overall pick.

Kansas’ Lagerald Vick holds the trophy as he walks off the court following a regional final game against Duke in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. Kansas won 85-81 in overtime. Kansas won 85-81 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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