The 2018 Final Four features a lot of intriguing storylines.
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers will take on a Michigan Wolverines team that hasn’t lost in what feels like 80 years (thanks, early Big Ten Tournament) in the battle of shocking Final Four team vs. slightly unexpected Final Four team.
The Wolverines have history on their side, as the Final Four is where the clock tends to strike midnight for 11th-seeded Cinderellas. LSU, George Mason and VCU are the only other three teams to make the final four as an 11 seed, and all three lost in the Final Four.
But if there was any 11 seed that could do the unthinkable, it would probably be the one whose roster doesn’t have a single recognizable name on it due to the fact that 99 percent of America is too busy talking about Sister Jean to actually pay attention to the players playing.
On the other side of the Final Four is a battle of heavyweights, as the Villanova Wildcats take on the Kansas Jayhawks. It was this same city in which Bill Self’s prayers were answered in 2008, as Mario Chalmers saved the Kansas program from a seemingly unshakeable choking syndrome that hits the Jayhawks every March.
Self will be needing some of that Mario magic again this year if he wants to get past Jalen Brunson and Villanova.
How to watch the Final Four
No. 3 Michigan Wolverines vs No. 11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers
- Date: Saturday, March 31
- Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
- Time: 6:09 p.m. ET
- TV: TBS
- Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson
- Odds: Michigan, -5.5
- Stream: NCAA Live | Hulu | FuboTV | CBS All Access
No. 1 Villanova Wildcats vs No. 1 Kansas Jayawhaks