Only two games remain to set the Final Four matchups for the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
The first of those is No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 10 Miami, a meeting of teams on opposite ends of the seeding (and March Madness expectations). The Jayhawks are a game away from coach Bill Self’s fourth Final Four and first since 2018. Miami is looking for the first Final Four in program history. It would be coach Jim Larrañaga’s second; he reached the stage with George Mason in 2006.
The second game will pit blue-blood North Carolina against March Madness darling Saint Peter’s. A Tar Heels victory would set up the first NCAA Tournament meeting between UNC and Duke, while a win by the Peacocks would make them the lowest-seeded team to get to the national semifinals. They are already the lowest seed to reach the Elite Eight.
The Sporting News has everything you need to know to tune in and watch these contests, which will set up the second Final Four game on Saturday, April 2:
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No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 10 Miami (Midwest Region final)
- Time: 2:20 p.m.
- Channel: CBS, fuboTV
- Location: United Center, Chicago
Kansas is the final remaining 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament after having taken care of 16-seed Texas Southern 83-56 in the opening round, 9-seed Creighton 79-72 in Round 2 and 4-seed Providence 66-61 in the Elite Eight.
The Jayhawks’ biggest NCAA Tournament contributors thus far are Christian Braun (11.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists per game); Jalen Wilson (13.7 points, 10.3 rebounds per game); and Remy Martin, who leads KU with 19.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament despite coming off the bench. He is also averaging five rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
Miami, the 10 seed in the Midwest, reached this stage with two upsets in the opening rounds, upending 7-seed USC 68-66 before dominating 2-seed Auburn 79-61. The Hurricanes’ first game against a lower seed surprisingly came in the third round; they beat 11-seed Iowa State 70-56.
Arguably the biggest key to the Hurricanes’ March Madness run is the play of Kameron McGusty, who has done everything needed to help secure those three victories. He is averaging 19.7 points, six rebounds, 2.3 assists and three steals per game in the tournament. Charlie Moore (12.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 steals per game), Jordan Miller (11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals) and Isaiah Wong (16.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game) have also been instrumental.
No. 8 UNC vs. No. 15 Saint Peter’s (East Region final)
- Time: 5:05 p.m. (approximately)
- Channel: CBS, fuboTV
- Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
North Carolina has seen it all in its run to the Elite Eight: blowouts, meltdowns and knock-down, drag-out fights to the end. The 8-seed Tar Heels began their March Madness with a 95-63 beatdown of 9-seed Marquette in the opening round before giving up a 25-point lead against 1-seed Baylor and then ultimately winning 93-86 in overtime. In UNC’s Sweet 16 matchup, the Heels went blow for blow with 4-seed UCLA before pulling away in the final minutes.
Caleb Love has arguably been the Tar Heels’ biggest playmaker of the tournament. He is averaging 19.3 points per game, including 23- and 30-point outings against Marquette and UCLA, respectively. Armando Bacot has been a force as well, averaging 15.3 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. Brady Manek has balled out, averaging a team-leading 22.3 points per game while adding eight rebounds, 2.3 assists and four made 3s per game. RJ Davis has averaged 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and seven assists per game as well.
Saint Peter’s March Madness run has been nothing short of historic. The Peacocks are the first 15-seed in history to reach the Elite Eight. Shaheen Holloway’s team did that with an 85-79 overtime upset of 2-seed Kentucky; a demonstrative 70-60 victory over 7-seed Murray State; and a hard-fought 67-64 victory over 3-seed Purdue in the Sweet 16.
Doug Edert, the face of the Peacocks’ Cinderella run, has averaged 13.3 points per game in the tournament on 52.6 percent shooting from the field. KC Ndefo has averaged 9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and three assists per game. Daryl Banks III scored 27 and 14 points against Kentucky and Purdue, respectively.
March Madness schedule
Saturday, March 26
|No. 2 Villanova 50, No. 5 Houston 44|
|No. 2 Duke 78, No. 4 Arkansas 69|
Sunday, March 27
|No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 10 Miami||2:20 p.m.||CBS|
|No. 8 UNC vs. No. 15 Saint Peter’s||5:05 p.m. (approx.)||CBS|
NCAA Tournament national championship
Monday, April 4
|TBD||9 p.m.||TBS, Sling TV|