And then there were: NCAA Final Four sports strong matchups

04/04/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak

Three #1 seeds and a #7 seed as the Cinderella make up this years Final Four as March Madness has spilled over into April. Kentucky is looking to make history, while Michigan State as the only non top seed look to wear the glass slipper. Let's take a look at the last four teams standing in the 2015 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Duke (33 and 4) South Region Champions
How They Got Here:

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Duke 85, Robert Morris 56
Duke 68, San Diego State 49
Duke 63, Utah 57
Duke 66, Gonzaga 52
Mike Krzyzewzki leads Duke to the Final Four for the 12th time in his career, and the Blue Devils first appearance since winning the tourney in 2010. Justise Winslow has led the way for Duke, averaging 14 points per game so far in the tournament. The Blue Devils have been strong defensively, as they are the only of the Final Four teams to not give up 60 points against in a game.
Michigan State (27 and 11) East Region Champions
How They Got Here:
Michigan State 70, Georgia 63
Michigan State 60, Virginia 54
Michigan State 62, Oklahoma 58
Michigan State 76, Louisville 70
The Spartans have had the smallest combined margin of victory of the Final Four teams, with all of their games decided by single digits and 3 of the 4 being two possession games. Michigan State has been led by Travis Trice, who's averaging 19.8 points per game in the tourney. Trice is also shooting 89% from the free throw line. Tom Izzo is making his 7th Final Four appearance as head coach with Michigan State looking for their first title game appearance since 2009 and trying to win their first championship since 2000.
Wisconsin (34 and 3) West Region Champions
How They Got Here:
Wisconsin 86, Coastal Carolina 72
Wisconsin 72, Oregon 65
Wisconsin 79, North Carolina 72
Wisconsin 85, Arizona 78
Wisconsin has given up the most points of the remaining four teams, giving up an average of 71.8 points against per game. The Badgers are also the highest scoring team in the Final Four, averaging 80.5 points per game. Bo Ryan has he least Final Four appearances of this years head coaches, with this being only his second. Sam Dekker is averaging 21.8 points per game in the tournament. Wisconsin has the longest title drought of all of this years Final Four, with their only championship coming in 1941.
Kentucky (38 and 0) Midwest Region Champions
How They Got Here:
Kentucky 79, Hampton 56
Kentucky 64, Cincinnati 51
Kentucky 78, West Virginia 39
Kentucky 68, Notre Dame 66
The Wildcats are trying to make history and become the first team to ever go 40 and 0 and win the national title. They're also trying to become the first team since 1976 to go undefeated and win the championship. Kentucky has gotten a balanced performance from all 5 of its starters throughout the tourney, and have used their size and defense to overwhelm their first three opponents. But Notre Dame found a way through...shooting solid from the outside which opened up the inside game and took away from the Wildcats size advantage. Kentucky has given up the least amount of points per game, allowing an average of 53 points against so far this tourney. Coach John Calipari is making his 7th appearance in the Final Four and is trying to lead the Wildcats to their first title since 2012.

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