The Final Four

North Carolina
South Carolina

Be honest, who had those four in the Final Four in their bracket? I didn't. Well, I didn't have all of them. I did pick North Carolina to get there and to win the whole thing. So, in a sense, I'm still alive.

But Gonzaga, Oregon and South Carolina? Not so much. That's the magic of March and the magic of the NCAA Tournament. You never know what's going to happen. And this year a pair of one seeds, a three seed and a seven seed made it all the way to the Final Four.

Of the four that made it, Gonzaga might be the most surprising. Sure, they were a No. 1 seed and one of the most talented teams in men's college basketball this season. But their tournament history made me leery. Many times they've had great teams and high seeds but fell short of the goal.

Not this year. The Zags made the Final Four for the first time in school history and, facing off against South Carolina in the semi-finals, I think they can make the title game. Wouldn't it just about figure that in back-to-back years my two stay away tournament teams — Villanova and Gonzaga — would win the tournament?

I'm still calling for North Carolina to get it done, but it would just about figure.

Either way, it's going to be a great race to the finish, as always, for the most exciting post-season tournament in sports.


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