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)The 2024 NCAA Men's Final Four will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium, after initially being played there in 2017. That year, the teams included North Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon and South Carolina.
Medcalf: I think the Drew Timme-Chet Holmgren pairing is the most pivotal element for Gonzaga. It's just rare to have two elite bigs on the floor together for a national title contender in the modern game. How will they handle the spacing on offense? How will they adjust if teams try to exploit their size and force Holmgren or Timme to defend a wing? That seems to be the thing that coach Mark Few will have to address early on. But those two will learn how to play next to each other throughout the season. That will matter in March and April, if Gonzaga reaches that stage.
Gasaway: Has Scott Drew made it cool to go after offensive rebounds again? Baylor didn't shoot as well from the floor as Gonzaga in the 2021 national title game, and the Bears outscored the Bulldogs by a single point at the free throw line. If you viewed the game as a series of diagrammed first-shot sets, the Zags would have won. Yet, as you may recall, the contest was never really in doubt. "Coaching" in college basketball is traditionally seen as promulgating diagrammed first-shot sets and good defense, but Drew points toward an expanded definition more akin to that of the NBA, or even to management in the real world. Instead of haranguing subordinates on diagram adherence, he built a team of empowered warriors trained and trusted to overwhelm the competition with shot volume.
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The Final Four is the nickname of the final round of both the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I basketball tournaments, which are single-elimination tournaments to determine the U.S. national champion. It’s named for the fact that there are four teams left at that point in the tournament
The NCAA tournament begins around mid-March and takes place over a course of about two and a half weeks. The Final Four and the National Championship game are usually held during the first week of April.
The phrase Final Four is a reference to the four remaining teams in the tournament, but it’s typically used as the name of the final round of the tournament, as in Villanova is going to the Final Four!