Great Final Four matchups for the sports fan

Mar 28, 2017 3:00 AM

I think there’s something to interest everyone with the NCAA basketball’s Final Four.

First there’s the elite team of North Carolina and Roy Williams, who is shooting for his third title, the only one of the four teams who have been there before. It’s always good to have a giant that needs to be slayed or a team that will bring in the ratings and they have that with the Tar Heels.

Then there’s the trail mix crowd except Oregon doesn’t really look like they eat trail mix – oh, no – it looks more like they eat nails. Their fluorescent green uniforms will add a colorful touch to the mix. In my opinion, the two marquee teams are South Carolina and Gonzaga because of their stories.

North Carolina will always be the Big Blue and we know everything about them from Dean Smith to MJ to Tobacco Road. But we know nothing about South Carolina, who’s making its first trip ever to the Final Four. They have a head coach in Frank Martin who was once a disciplinarian at a middle school. How would you like to answer to him?

Then there is Gonzaga with the underscored Mark Few who finally got the Zags to their first Final Four appearance. Gonzaga is an experienced team with all the right ingredients. I would love to see South Carolina win, but Gonzaga beats North Carolina for the title. It’s really been a great tournament to watch!