Yahoo Sports Final Four Preview

Henry Bushnell writes a week of anticipation is almost over. The Final Four is almost here. The second of two games pits top-seeded Villanova against top-seeded Kansas (Saturday, 8:49 p.m. ET, TBS). With less than 48 hours to go until tip-off, here’s a look at the matchup and the factors that will decide it.

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Andrea Adelson ESPN writes Every Selection Sunday, without fail, Ricky Blanton scans the NCAA tournament bracket with a purpose: Find all the No. 11 seeds, then daydream about whether any will get to write their own Cinderella stories the way he and his teammates did 32 years ago.

Loyola-Chicago won the national title in 1963, but the change it sparked in race relations off the court was greater than any trophy.


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Reid Forgrave writes Malik Newman spent much of his childhood in Durant, Miss. It’s an old railroad town in central Mississippi with 2,500 people and zero stoplights, a place that used to be surrounded by cotton plantations and was once home to numerous enslaved African-Americans.
Greg Beacham writes The 11th-seeded Ramblers sure looked like they belonged when they rolled into San Antonio in style for the Final Four.
John Marshall writes this year’s Final Four teams certainly fit the mold. These final four also have something else in common: Skilled big men who keep defenses honest, grab rebounds and protect the rim with all those smaller guys out there.

Go Blue or go home. That pretty much sums up the NCAA Tournament, as teams with some hue of blue in their school colors usually win it.

Oscar Garcia writes the ACC’s last team, Duke, was bounced Sunday by Kansas, leaving the Big 12 and the ACC in a tie for the most wins among all conferences this tournament with 12.

Rob Dauster on Saturday afternoon, speaking to the media as his Texas Tech team was getting set to take on No. 1-seed Villanova for the right to go to San Antonio and play in the Final Four, head coach Chris Beard lobbed a compliment at Jay Wright that was as high of praise as one coach can give another.

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