This year’s March Madness has surely been nothing short of…mad! Unsuspecting teams have won and some have lost, tears have been shed, and brackets have been busted. Regardless of whether or not your team made it to the Final Four, chances are you will still be watching!
Below you can find some interesting facts about the Final Four competing teams. Enjoy!
Location: Villanova, PA
First season: 1920
Current head coach: Jay Wright
Colors: Navy and White
Number of NCAA Tournament appearances: 36
NCAA Championship: 1
Well-known for being members of the Philadelphia Big 5 and the Big East Conference, the Villanova Wildcats are the 8th highest team to make the most appearances in NCAA history. The Wildcats were participants in the Final Four in 1939,1971,1985, 2009, and 2016. In 1985, the Wildcats became NCAA Tournament Champions.
Location: Norman, OK
First season: 1908
Current head coach: Lon Kruger
Colors: Crimson and Cream
Number of NCAA Tournament appearances: 30
NCAA Championship: 0
The Oklahoma Sooners are members of the Big 12 and although the team lost to West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament’s second round, they were given the #2 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
First season: 1910
Current head coach: Roy Williams
Colors: Carolina Blue and White
Number of NCAA Tournament appearances: 47
NCAA Championship: 5
Winners of 5 NCAA Championships (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009), the North Carolina Tar Heels have played in a total of 160 NCAA tournament games, competed in 19 NCAA Final Fours, and 9 NCAA Finals. The Tar Heels have been in 44 NCAA Tournaments –the second most all-time.
Location: Syracuse, NY
First season: 1900
Current head coach: Jim Boeheim
Number of NCAA Tournament appearances: 38
NCAA Championship: 1
Under the leadership of their coach of 40 years, the Syracuse Orange have acquired an all-time record of 34 20-wins seasons. The Orange won their first NCAA title in 2003.
Final Four Predictions:
Many fans and analysts have predicted the number 1 seed, North Carolina Tar Heels, will meet the number 2 seed, Villanova Wildcats, in the NCAA Championship game –leading to the Tar Heels becoming the 2016 NCAA Champions. However, March was full of madness and this year’s tournament has proven to be very unpredictable.
Be sure to tune into the Final Four Championship games on Saturday, April 2, 2016. See the schedule for times below:
Oklahoma vs. Villanova
Time: 6:09pm EST
North Carolina vs Syracuse
Time: 8:49pm EST