Who is in the Final Four? Teams, odds & more to know for 2022 March Madness semifinal games

Who is in the Final Four? Teams, odds & more to know for 2022 March Madness semifinal games

The field for the Final Four has been set, and this year’s group is full of blue bloods.

The four teams that made the Final Four in the 2022 NCAA Tournament have been among the last four standing in an NCAA Tournament a combined 61 times (60 if you count the one vacated appearance among the group). Suffice to say, the programs have plenty of experience at this stage, and each coach is making at least his fourth Final Four appearance.

UNC tops the group with 21 total Final Fours to its name. It also happens to be the only seed lower than No. 2 to make it to this stage. They were the No. 8 seed in the East region and upset Baylor and UCLA en route to this appearance.

Meanwhile, Kansas is the only No. 1 seed to make the Final Four while Duke and Villanova each made it as No. 2 seeds despite some tough tests from the likes of Texas Tech and Houston. Duke will be looking to send Mike Krzyzewski into retirement with a tournament win and are set to meet UNC in the tournament for the first time in the storied rivalry between those two programs.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Final Four in 2022, including the matchups, how to watch each game and the history that each school has in the Final Four. 

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Who is in the Final Four in 2022?

  • Kansas (Midwest Region champion)
  • Villanova (South Region champion)
  • Duke (West Region champion)
  • UNC (East Region champion)

Villanova was the first team to punch its ticket to the Final Four in New Orleans, putting on a defensive clinic in 50-44 win over Houston. The Wildcats held the Cougars to just 29.8 percent shooting in the win. Duke managed the clinch the second Final Four bid by beating Arkansas 78-69 behind 34 points combined from AJ Griffin and Paolo Banchero.

Kansas and UNC clinched the last two Final Four spots on Sunday afternoon. Both teams blew out double-digit seeds that made it to the Elite Eight, with Kansas beating Miami 76-50 after a massive second half and UNC jumping out to an early lead and never looking back in its 69-49 win over Saint Peter’s.  

Final Four odds, lines, spreads

Below are the odds for each of the Final Four games for the 2022 NCAA Tournament, via Sports Interaction.

Villanova (No. 2, South) vs. Kansas (No. 1, Midwest)

  • Spread: Kansas -4.5
  • Over/under: 132.5
  • Moneyline: Kansas -189, Villanova +157

UNC (No. 8, East) vs. Duke (No. 2, West)

Spread: Duke -4
Over/under: 151
Moneyline: Duke -182, UNC +152

When & where is the Final Four?

The 2022 NCAA Tournament will culminate with the Final Four on Saturday, April 2 and Monday, April 4. The games will be played at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, La. This will mark the sixth time that New Orleans has hosted the Final Four; it most recently did so in 2012.

Below is the how-to-watch information for the Final Four, which will be broadcast on TBS in 2022.

And here is the full TV schedule for three of the Final Four games:

Date Time (ET) Game
April 2 6:09 p.m. Villanova vs. Kansas
  ~ 8:49 p.m. UNC vs. Duke
April 4 TBD National championship game

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How many times has Kansas been to the Final Four?

Kansas has been to the Final Four 16 times in school history. That ranks as the fifth-most in college basketball history. Bill Self has taken the Jayhawks to the Final Four four times during his 19 seasons with the team. Roy Williams also led the team to four Final Four appearances in his stint in Kansas. Larry Brown and Ted Owens each took the Jayhawks to the Final Four twice.

Kansas has won an NCAA Tournament title just three times in its history, the most recent of which was in 2008. Below is a rundown of each of the Jayhawks’ Final Four appearances, as well as the final result from the respective tournaments:

Year Final result
1940 Indiana 60, Kansas 42 (national championship)
1952 Kansas 80, St. John’s 63 (national championship)
1953 Indiana 69, Kansas 68 (national championship)
1957 UNC 57, Kansas 56 (3OT, national championship)
1971 Western Kentucky 77, Kansas 75 (national third-place game)
1974 UCLA 78, Kansas 71 (national third-place game)
1986 Duke 71, Kansas 67 (Final Four)
1988 Kansas 83, Oklahoma 79 (national championship)
1991 Duke 72, Kansas 65 (national championship)
1993 UNC 78, Kansas 68 (Final Four)
2002 Maryland 97, Kansas 88 (Final Four)
2003 Syracuse 81, Kansas 78 (national championship)
2008 Kansas 75, Memphis 68 (OT, national championship)
2012 Kentucky 67, Kansas 59 (national championship)
2018 Villanova 95, Kansas 79 (Final Four)
2022 TBD

How many times has Villanova been to the Final Four?

Villanova has been to the Final Four six times. That is tied for the 10th-most in NCAA history, but it actually ranks among the least of this year’s group of blue-blooded Final Four teams. Four of the Wildcats’ appearances have come since 2009 under Jay Wright. The previous two came in 1939 under Al Severence and 1985 under Rollie Massimino.

Villanova also was the national runner-up in 1971 under Jack Kraft. However, that appearance was vacated by the NCAA. So, while Villanova has officially been to six Final Fours, they have unofficially been to seven.

Below is a rundown of each of the Wildcats’ Final Four appearances, as well as the final result from the respective tournaments:

Year Final result
1939 Ohio State 53, Villanova 36 (Final Four)
1971* UCLA 68, Villanova 62 (national championship)
1985 Villanova 66, Georgetown 64 (national championship)
2009 UNC 83, Villanova 69 (Final Four)
2016 Villanova 77, UNC 74 (national championship)
2018 Villanova 79, Michigan 62 (national championship)
2022 TBD

* Tournament appearance vacated by NCAA.

How many times has Duke been to the Final Four?

Duke has made it to the Final Four a whopping 17 times in team history. Incredibly, 13 of them have come under Mike Krzyzewski, who has been Duke’s head coach since 1980. Before that, Bill Foster took the Blue Devils to one Final Four while Vic Bubas got them that deep into the tournament three times.

Below is a rundown of each of the Blue Devils’ Final Four appearances, as well as the final result from the respective tournaments:

Year Final result
1963 Duke 85, Oregon State 63 (national third-place game)
1964 UCLA 98, Duke 83 (national championship)
1966 Duke 79, Utah 77 (national third-place game)
1978 Kentucky 94, Duke 88 (national championship)
1986 Louisville 72, Duke 69 (national championship)
1988 Kansas 66, Duke 59 (Final Four)
1989 Seton Hall 95, Duke 78 (Final Four)
1990 UNLV 103, Duke 73 (national championship)
1991 Duke 72, Kansas 65 (national championship)
1992 Duke 71, Michigan 51 (national championship)
1994 Arkansas 76, Duke 72 (national championship)
1999 UConn 77, Duke 74 (national championship)
2001 Duke 82, Arizona 72 (national championship)
2004 UConn 79, Duke 78 (Final Four)
2010 Duke 61, Butler 59 (national championship)
2015 Duke 68, Wisconsin 63 (national championship)
2022 TBD

How many times has UNC been to the Final Four?

UNC is the lowest seed to make the Final Four during the 2022 NCAA Tournament, but they have plenty of experience there. UNC has made it to the Final Four 21 times, the most by any school in college basketball history. The Tar Heels have gotten legendary coaching performances from Dean Smith and Roy Williams, who have taken the team to 19 of their combined 21 Final Fours.

Only Coach K and John Wooden have been to more Final Fours individually than Smith (10) and Williams (9).

Below is a rundown of each of the Tar Heels’ Final Four appearances, as well as the final result from the respective tournaments:

Year Final result
1946 Oklahoma A&M 43, UNC 40 (national championship)
1957 UNC 54, Kansas 53 (national championship)
1967 Dayton 76, UNC 62 (Final Four)
1968 UCLA 78, UNC 55 (national championship)
1969 Purdue 92, UNC 65 (Final Four)
1972 Florida State 79, UNC 75 (Final Four)
1977 Marquette 67, UNC 59 (national championship)
1981 Indiana 63, UNC 50 (national championship)
1982 UNC 63, Georgetown 62 (national championship)
1991 Kansas 79, UNC 73 (Final Four)
1993 UNC 77, Michigan 71 (national championship)
1995 Arkansas 75, UNC 68 (Final Four)
1997 Arizona 66, UNC 58 (Final Four)
1998 Utah 65, UNC 59 (Final Four)
2000 Florida 71, UNC 59 (Final Four)
2005 UNC 75, Illinois 70 (national championship)
2008 Kansas 84, UNC 66 (Final Four)
2009 UNC 89, Michigan State 72 (national championship)
2016 Villanova 77, UNC 74 (national championship)
2017 UNC 71, Gonzaga 65 (national championship)
2022 TBD
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