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Mike Lopresti | NCAA.com | March 26, 2022

History hangs in the balance in the Elite Eight, from Coach K's send-off to the prolonged introduction of Saint Peter's

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Watch that last step to Final Four. It can be a doozy. Especially this magical, astonishing, extraordinary year.

The first weekend of the NCAA tournament has all the upset fervor. The last weekend has the aura of the Final Four. But what about here in the middle week, especially the regional championship games, whom someone once tagged the Elite Eight and made the name stick?

Drama. Lots of it. Since 2004, 13 of the 64 regional title games — one of every five — have gone overtime. Three on one dizzying weekend in 2005. Eleven more have been decided by one possession. So it would not take much, a bounce here, a wobble there, to change a great deal of college basketball history.

Just imagine...

Christian Laettner misses that immortal turnaround jumper against Kentucky in 1992, which marks its 30th anniversary this Monday, by the way. One of the greatest tournament games ever played would be remembered as a 103-102 Kentucky victory. It would be Sean Woods’ one-handed banker with 2.1 seconds left that lived forever as a highlight, and Laettner’s name would not ring quite so loudly down through the years. Also, Mike Krzyzewski would have one less national championship, and never have repeated.

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Just imagine...

Kansas finds one more basket somewhere in the 50 minutes of its one-point double-overtime loss to Texas Western in 1966. The Jo Jo White shot that was ruled an instant too late at the end of the first overtime, for example. Lots of people — not all of them Jayhawks — always said it should have counted. Then Kansas goes to the Final Four and not Texas Western, and the groundbreaking title game of the Miners starting five Black players against Kentucky never happens.

Just imagine ...

Davidson hits a 3-pointer in the final seconds in its two-point loss to Kansas in 2008 — something the Wildcats had already done 37 times in that tournament. Then the Final Four sees the Stephen Curry Show, and Bill Self is still trying to win his first national championship. Davidson might have even gone on to take the title. After bringing down Gonzaga, Georgetown, Wisconsin and Kansas, it would not have seemed like a mission impossible.

Just imagine...

Scott May doesn’t break his arm and Indiana scores three more points against Kentucky in 1975. Then John Wooden’s final UCLA game would probably have been against Bob Knight and an unbeaten Hoosier team for the national championship. Think that would have had the chance of being a memorable moment?

Just imagine...

The left-handed, tie-breaking, game-winning, off-balance jumper by unknown Bob Heaton doesn’t bounce the right way on the rim and go in for Indiana State in the final seconds against Arkansas in 1979. There would have been overtime, and the surging Razorbacks might very well have won. Then, no Magic Johnson-Larry Bird first date in the national championship game.

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Just imagine...

Mamadi Diakite doesn’t throw in a last-gasp jumper to force overtime for Virginia in 2019. The Cavaliers never get to complete their famed redemption tour, and Purdue would still not be waiting 42 years to get back to the Final Four.

Just imagine...

Another Virginia team, in 1983, doesn’t miss both shots it has in the final six seconds, down a point to North Carolina State. Then we never see the Lorenzo Charles championship dunk, Jim Valvano racing madly around the court and all the other memories from the Wolfpack shocking Houston’s Phi Slama Jama in the title game.

Change one play — just one — in a regional championship game and...

Wooden and UCLA do not win seven championships in a row. Long Beach State takes the Bruins' place in the 1971 Final Four.

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North Carolina’s march to the 2017 championship, Roy Williams’ last, ends a week earlier.

George Mason never lives its unlikely Final Four dream. But Saint Joseph’s and Rhode Island do.

The Fab Five do not capture the nation’s fancy in 1992 as an all-freshman lineup.

Dean Smith never gets his second championship. Lute Olson never gets his only one.

In 1987, Indiana’s Daryl Thomas shot an air ball that Rick Calloway grabbed and put in to beat LSU by a point. If Thomas’ shot were better, had it hit the rim, Calloway likely could not have gotten to it. LSU wins, Indiana loses, and Keith Smart never takes that baseline shot to give Bob Knight his third championship.

All this is pertinent because the 2022 NCAA tournament could be on the brink of a massively historical weekend the next two days. We just don’t know which history yet.

Mike Krzyzewski might actually get to say goodbye at the Final Four, which would be a last chapter almost too remarkable to believe.

Saint Peter’s might grab the most amazing Final Four spot in the annals of the tournament, adding North Carolina to the hit list. That would mean a program that had never won an NCAA tournament game had beaten two programs — the Tar Heels and Kentucky — with 14 combined national championships.

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Hubert Davis might be a Final Four coach in his first season at North Carolina, winning a regional matchup that nobody ever imagined, a No. 8 seed versus a No. 15 seed.

The ACC might put three teams in the Final Four — Duke, North Carolina, Miami — something not seen since the Big East did it 37 years ago.

Kansas might prevent this from being only the fourth Final Four ever and first in 11 years without a single No. 1 seed.

Miami might earn the first Final Four bid in its history. Arkansas might return to its first Final Four in 27 years. Houston might get back to the Final Four for a seventh time, maybe finally win a championship. Jay Wright could get back to a fourth Final Four for Villanova and maybe win a third title, which starts to put him in very rare air.

The Final Four might have two double-digit seeds — No. 10 Miami and No.15 Saint Peter’s. That's never happened before.

Or not.

It is as if history itself is holding its breath. Something special is imminent.

2022 March Madness schedule, livestream links

Click or tap on any of the games below to be taken directly to that live stream or box score.

GAMES TIME TV CITY Venue
National Championship — Monday, April 4
No. 1 Kansas 72, No. 8 North Carolina 69 9:20 p.m. TBS New Orleans, Louisiana Caesars Superdome
RESULTS TIME NETWORK CITY SITE
First Four — Tuesday, March 15
No. 16 Texas Southern 76, No. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 67 6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton, Ohio UD Arena
No. 12 Indiana 66, No. 12 Wyoming 58 9:10 p.m. truTV Dayton, Ohio UD Arena
First Four — Wednesday, March 16
No. 16 Wright State 93, No. 16 Bryant 82 6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton, Ohio UD Arena
No. 11 Notre Dame 89, No. 11 Rutgers 87 9:10 p.m. truTV Dayton, Ohio UD Arena
First Round — Thursday, March 17
No. 11 Michigan 75, No. 6 Colorado State 63 12:15 p.m. CBS Indianapolis, Indiana Gainbridge Fieldhouse
No. 4 Providence 66, No. 13 South Dakota State 57 12:40 p.m. truTV Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center
No. 9 Memphis 64, No. 8 Boise State 53 1:45 p.m. TNT Portland, Oregon Moda Center
No. 1 Baylor 85, No. 16 Norfolk State 49 2 p.m. TBS Fort Worth, Texas Dickies Arena
No. 3 Tennessee 88, No. 14 Longwood 56 2:45 p.m. CBS Indianapolis, Indiana Gainbridge Fieldhouse
No. 12 Richmond 67,  No. 5 Iowa 63 3:10 p.m. truTV Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center
No. 1 Gonzaga 93, No. 16 Georgia State 72 4:15 p.m. TNT Portland, Oregon Moda Center
No. 8 North Carolina 95, No. 9 Marquette 63 4:30 p.m. TBS Fort Worth, Texas Dickies Arena
No. 12 New Mexico State 70, No. 5 UConn 63 6:50 p.m. TNT Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center
No. 15 Saint Peter's 85, No. 2 Kentucky 79 (OT) 7:10 p.m. CBS Indianapolis, Indiana Gainbridge Fieldhouse
No. 5 Saint Mary's (CA) 82, No. 12 Indiana 53 7:20 p.m. TBS Portland, Oregon Moda Center
No. 9 Creighton 72, No. 8 San Diego State 69 (OT) 7:27 p.m. truTV Fort Worth, Texas Dickies Arena
No. 4 Arkansas 75, No. 13 Vermont 71 9:20 p.m. TNT Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center
No. 7 Murray State 92, No. 10 San Francisco 87 (OT) 9:40 p.m. CBS Indianapolis, Indiana Gainbridge Fieldhouse
No. 4 UCLA 57, No. 13 Akron 53 9:50 p.m. TBS Portland, Oregon Moda Center
No. 1 Kansas 83, No. 16 Texas Southern 56 9:57 p.m. truTV Fort Worth, Texas Dickies Arena
First Round — Friday, March 18
No. 7 Ohio State 54, No. 10 Loyola Chicago 41  12:15 p.m. CBS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena
No. 2 Auburn 80, No. 15 Jacksonville State 61 12:40 p.m. truTV Greenville, South Carolina Bon Secours Wellness Arena
No. 3 Texas Tech 97, No. 14 Montana State 62 1:45 p.m. TNT San Diego, California Viejas Arena
No. 3 Purdue 78, No. 14 Yale 56 2 p.m. TBS Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fiserv Forum
No. 2 Villanova 80, No. 15 Delaware 60 2:45 p.m. CBS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena
No. 10 Miami (Fla.) 68, No. 7 No. 7 Southern California 66 3:10 p.m. truTV Greenville, South Carolina Bon Secours Wellness Arena
No. 11 Notre Dame 78, No. 6 Alabama 64 4:15 p.m. TNT San Diego, California Viejas Arena
No. 6 Texas 81, No. 11 Virginia Tech 73 4:30 p.m. TBS Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fiserv Forum
No. 4 Illinois 54, No. 13 Chattanooga 53 6:50 p.m. TNT Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena
No. 2 Duke 78, Cal State Fullerton 61 7:10 p.m. CBS Greenville, South Carolina Bon Secours Wellness Arena
No. 11 Iowa State 59, No. 6 LSU 54 7:20 p.m. TBS Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fiserv Forum
No. 1 Arizona 87, No. 16 Wright State 70 7:27 p.m. truTV San Diego, California Viejas Arena
No. 5 Houston 82, No. 12 UAB 68 9:20 p.m. TNT Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena
No. 7 Michigan State 74, No. 10 Davidson 73 9:40 p.m. CBS Greenville, South Carolina Bon Secours Wellness Arena
No. 3 Wisconsin 67, No. 14 Colgate 60 9:50 p.m. TBS Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fiserv Forum
No. 9 TCU 69, No. 8 Seton Hall 42 9:57 p.m. truTV San Diego, California Viejas Arena
Second Round — Saturday, March 19
No. 8 North Carolina 93, No. 1 Baylor 86 (OT) 12:10 p.m. CBS Fort Worth, Texas Dickies Arena
No. 1 Kansas 79, No. 9 Creighton 72 2:40 p.m. CBS Fort Worth, Texas Dickies Arena
No. 11 Michigan 76, No. 3 Tennessee 68 5:15 p.m. CBS Indianapolis, Indiana Gainbridge Fieldhouse
No. 4 Providence 79, No. 12 Richmond 51 6:10 p.m. TNT Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center
No. 4 UCLA 72, No. 5 Saint Mary's 56 7:10 p.m. TBS Portland, Oregon Moda Center
No. 15 Saint Peter's 70, No. 7 Murray State 60 7:45 p.m. CBS Indianapolis, Indiana Gainbridge Fieldhouse
No. 4 Arkansas 53, No. 12 New Mexico State 48 8:40 p.m. TNT Buffalo, New York KeyBank Center
No. 1 Gonzaga 82, No. 9 Memphis 78 9:40 p.m. TBS Portland, Oregon Moda Center
Second Round — Sunday, March 20
No. 5 Houston 68, No. 4 Illinois 53 12:10 p.m. CBS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena
No. 2 Villanova 71, No. 7 Ohio State 61 2:40 p.m. CBS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PPG Paints Arena
No. 2 Duke 85, No. 7 Michigan State 76 5:15 p.m. CBS Greenville, South Carolina Bon Secours Wellness Arena
No. 11 Iowa State 54, No. 3 Wisconsin 49 6:10 p.m. TNT Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fiserv Forum
No. 3 Texas Tech 59, No. 11 Notre Dame 53 7:10 p.m. TBS San Diego, California Viejas Arena
No. 10 Miami (Fla.) 79, No. 2 Auburn 61 7:45 p.m. truTV Greenville, South Carolina Bon Secours Wellness Arena
No. 3 Purdue 81, No. 6 Texas 71 8:40 p.m. TNT Milwaukee, Wisconsin Fiserv Forum
No. 1 Arizona 85, No. 9 TCU 80 (OT) 9:40 p.m. TBS San Diego, California Viejas Arena
Sweet 16 — Thursday, March 24
No. 4 Arkansas 74, No. 1 Gonzaga 68 7:09 p.m. CBS San Francisco, California Chase Center
No. 2 Villanova 63, No. 11 Michigan 55 7:29 p.m. TBS San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center
No. 2 Duke 78, No. 3 Texas Tech 73 9:39 p.m. CBS San Francisco, California Chase Center
No. 5 Houston 72, No. 1 Arizona 60 9:59 p.m. TBS San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center
Sweet 16 — Friday, March 25
No. 15 Saint Peter's 67, No. 3 Purdue 64 7:09 p.m. CBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center
No. 1 Kansas 66, No. 4 Providence 61 7:29 p.m. TBS Chicago, Illinois United Center
No. 8 North Carolina 73, No. 4 UCLA 66 9:39 p.m. CBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center
No. 10 Miami (Fla.) 70, No. 11 Iowa State 56 9:59 p.m. TBS Chicago, Illinois United Center
Elite Eight —  Saturday, March 26
No. 2 Villanova 50, No. 5 Houston 44 6:09 p.m. TBS San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center
No. 2 Duke 78, No. 4 Arkansas 69 8:49 p.m. TBS San Francisco, California Chase Center
Elite Eight — Sunday, March 27
No. 1 Kansas 76, No. 10 Miami (Fla.) 50 2:20 p.m. CBS Chicago, Illinois United Center
No. 8 North Carolina 69, No. 15 Saint Peter's 49 5:05 p.m. CBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wells Fargo Center
Final Four — Saturday, April 2
No. 1 Kansas 81, No. 2 Villanova 65 6:09 p.m. TBS New Orleans, Louisiana Caesars Superdome
No. 8 North Carolina 81, No. 2 Duke 77 8:49 p.m. TBS New Orleans, Louisiana Caesars Superdome

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