Thursday, September 28

Duke vs UNC leads blueblood Final Four with endless storylines

The NCAA tournament has an endearing history of keeping Darwinism at bay for two weeks. Three is another matter. Survival (and advancement) of the fittest remains the immutable law of the latter stages.

Cinderella is always on the clock, and the clock never stops ticking.

Thus we bid fond farewell to the new patron saint of underdogs, Saint Peter’s, perpetrator of three divinely-inspired upsets. The Peacocks raised the ceiling on what a No. 15 seed can do. They didn’t remove the ceiling.

With their elimination Sunday night, we are left with one of the bluebloodiest men’s Final Fours ever. Kansas, North Carolina and Duke are first, third and fourth in all-time victories. North Carolina is in its record 21st men’s Final Four; Duke in its 17th; Kansas in its 16th; Villanova in his seventh (but third in the last six tournaments).

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