The best rise to the top in loaded Final Four

Originally Published: March 31, 2008
By Jay Bilas |
Wow: When I played in the Final Four in 1986, one national semifinal featured two pretty accomplished teams, Duke and Kansas. Going into that game, Kansas had won a school-record 35 games against three losses, and Duke had won an NCAA record-tying 36 games against two losses. On that floor, there were 71 wins, the most ever on the floor at the same time (by the way, Duke won 74-70 in overtime). Think about this one: Entering this Final Four, Memphis is 37-1, North Carolina is 36-2, Kansas is 35-3 and UCLA is 35-3. In total, the four teams have won 143 games against only nine losses. Wow.

Jay Bilas

College Basketball analyst