Final Four: With both teams still standing, UConn and NC State are in unpredecedented territory

NC State and UConn are every attaining a uncommon feat in 2024. And collectively, they’re making historical past.

The Wolfpack turned the 14th college to have each its males’s and girls’s basketball groups advance to the Closing 4 in the identical season on Sunday when the ladies’s crew knocked off Texas within the Elite Eight hours earlier than the boys’s crew took down Duke.

Monday evening, UConn’s girls joined the boys within the Closing 4. The boys had superior to the Closing 4 on Saturday with an unimaginable win over Illinois. Monday, the UConn girls beat USC to fill out the ladies’s Closing 4.

As UConn turned the fifteenth college to have groups in each Closing Fours, 2024 turned the primary 12 months to have two faculties with each groups of their respective Closing Fours. By no means earlier than had two faculties made up 1 / 4 of the mixed Closing 4 subject.

Can both UConn or NC State get two nationwide titles in the identical season? The Huskies have completed it earlier than. UConn turned the primary college to win the boys’s and girls’s nationwide title in the identical season in 2004 and did it once more in 2014. For those who assume we’re on a 10-year interval of double UConn titles, then it is best to go place some bets.

Right here’s a take a look at the opposite 13 cases a faculty has gotten each groups within the Closing 4.

Georgia (1983)

The primary college to get each groups within the Closing 4 in the identical 12 months had every of its groups go on outstanding postseason runs. The boys’s crew went 9-9 within the SEC and drew the No. 4 seed within the East area. Georgia knocked off No. 1 St. John’s and No. 2 North Carolina to make the Closing 4 earlier than dropping to eventual nationwide champion NC State within the Closing 4.

The ladies’s crew went 4-5 in SEC play however took down LSU, Tennessee and Ole Miss within the convention event. Within the NCAA event, the Bulldogs beat North Carolina and Indiana to arrange a rematch with the Girl Vols. Georgia gained that sport once more, however misplaced by 24 to USC within the Closing 4.

Duke (1999)

After no college had repeated Georgia’s feat in 15 years, Duke turned the second college to get each groups within the Closing 4 and began a pattern that has continued with regularity within the 2000s. Each of those Blue Devils groups made the nationwide title sport too.

The boys have been the No. 1 seed within the East Area and beat Michigan State within the Closing 4 earlier than dropping 77-74 to UConn within the Closing 4. The ladies have been a No. 3 seed and knocked off No. 1 Tennessee to win the East. The Blue Devils beat Georgia within the semifinals however misplaced to Purdue within the nationwide title sport.

Oklahoma (2002)

The boys’s crew needed to take down a fellow Large 12 opponent within the Elite Eight to get to the Closing 4. The No. 2 seed Sooners confronted No. 12 seed Missouri within the Elite Eight and beat the Tigers by six. Nevertheless, Oklahoma was upset by No. 5 seed Indiana within the Closing 4.

The ladies made all of it the best way to the nationwide title sport. After profitable each the Large 12 common season and event titles, the ladies additionally confronted a Large 12 crew within the Elite Eight. This sport wasn’t as shut. Oklahoma beat Colorado by 34. The Sooners beat Duke to open the Closing 4 however misplaced by 12 to UConn within the nationwide title sport.

Texas (2003)

Each Texas groups misplaced within the semifinals. The boys have been the highest seed within the South and beat Michigan State by 9 to advance to the Closing 4. Nevertheless, they confronted eventual nationwide champion Syracuse within the semifinals and the Orange gained by 11. The ladies have been the No. 2 seed within the West and gained their first 4 video games of the event by double-digits earlier than dropping by two to UConn within the semis.

UConn celebrates after profitable the 2004 NCAA event. (Picture by Elsa/Getty Pictures)

UConn (2004)

The UConn males entered the NCAA event as a No. 2 seed and cruised via the West Area. It needed to win a 79-78 thriller over Duke within the semifinals to advance to the nationwide title sport the place the Huskies took down Georgia Tech 82-73.

The ladies scored their third consecutive nationwide, title and fourth in 5 seasons in 2004. Like the boys, the ladies have been additionally a No. 2 seed. UConn had been a No. 1 seed in every of the previous 5 tournaments. After blowout wins within the first two rounds, UConn’s video games received nearer. However not by a lot. The Huskies gained each event sport by eight factors or extra.

Michigan State (2005)

The ladies have been the Large Ten’s dominant crew over the course of the season. MSU went 14-2 in the course of the common season and likewise gained the event title. After sneaking previous No. 8 USC within the second spherical, the Spartans took down Vanderbilt and Stanford to win their area and beat Tennessee by 4 within the semifinals. Michigan State got here up a win wanting a title, nevertheless, because it misplaced by 22 to Baylor within the nationwide championship.

The boys completed second within the Large Ten and have been a No. 5 seed within the event. They upset No. 1 Duke within the Candy 16 and beat No. 2 Kentucky within the Elite Eight earlier than dropping to No. 1 North Carolina by 16 within the semifinals.

LSU (2006)

LSU turned the fourth college in 4 years to have each groups within the Closing 4 as the boys’s crew made a run to the Closing 4 as a No. 4 seed and the ladies have been a No. 1 seed of their event.

The boys upset No. 1 Duke by eight factors within the Candy 16 earlier than beating No. 2 Texas by 10 within the Elite Eight. Their run ended a sport later, nevertheless, as UCLA took down LSU 59-45 within the Closing 4.

The ladies’s crew beat No. 2 seed Stanford by three within the Elite Eight earlier than getting blown out by the Blue Devils within the Closing 4. Duke took down LSU 64-45 to advance to the nationwide title sport.

UConn (2009)

UConn’s girls went 39-0 as they stormed their method via the NCAA event. The Huskies gained each event sport by at the very least 18 factors. UConn beat Stanford 83-64 within the semifinals earlier than beating Louisville 76-54 to win their first nationwide title since 2004.

The boys took down Missouri within the Elite Eight to advance to the Closing 4 but additionally misplaced by 9 within the Closing 4. Michigan State beat UConn 82-73 within the semifinals.

UConn (2011)

The UConn males gained the nationwide title in 2011 as the ladies got here up two video games quick. The boys received a No. 3 seed within the event regardless of going 9-9 within the Large East. The Huskies beat No. 2 San Diego State within the Candy 16 after which snuck previous No. 5 Arizona by two within the Elite Eight.

UConn’s semifinal win was even nearer because the Huskies beat No. 4 Kentucky 56-55 to advance to a nationwide title sport that everybody who isn’t a UConn fan needs to overlook. The Huskies gained the nationwide title with an unsightly 53-41 win over Butler.

The ladies have been a No. 1 seed within the East and superior to the Closing 4 with a 35-point win over No. 2 seed Duke. Nevertheless, they fell 72-63 to Notre Dame within the Closing 4.

Louisville (2013)

We’re going to fake the boys’s nationwide title isn’t vacated. The Cardinals blew out Duke by 22 factors within the Elite Eight earlier than beating upstart Wichita State to advance to the nationwide title sport. Louisville then beat Michigan by six to win the varsity’s first nationwide title since 1986.

The ladies have been a No. 5 seed and upset No. 1 Baylor 82-81 within the Candy 16. The Cardinals then beat No. 2 Tennessee within the Eight Eight and beat No. 2 Cal by seven within the semifinals. Nevertheless, UConn was inevitable. There can be no double nationwide title for the Cardinals. UConn beat Louisville by 34 within the nationwide championship.

In the closing seconds of the game, Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrates at the end of the NCAA Tournament's East Regional final. The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Michigan State Spartans, 60-54, at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, March 30, 2014. (Richard Messina/Hartford Courant/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

UConn and Shabazz Napier gained the 2014 NCAA event. (Richard Messina/Hartford Courant/Tribune Information Service by way of Getty Pictures)

UConn (2014)

The boys needed to go on an unbelievable run to the Closing 4 to hitch the ladies as they have been within the midst of one other historic season.

UConn’s girls’s crew went 40-0 and gained the second of what turned out to be 4 consecutive nationwide titles. Nobody might come near the Huskies. UConn gained each event sport by at the very least 15 factors and took down Notre Dame by 19 within the nationwide title sport.

The boys’s crew was a No. 7 seed to start out the event and upset No. 2 seed Villanova by 12 within the second spherical. UConn then beat No. 3 Iowa State within the Candy 16 earlier than beating No. 4 seed Michigan State to get to the Closing 4. After taking down No. 1 Florida within the semis, the boys then beat No. 8 Kentucky for the nationwide title.

2024 is the fifth time that UConn has gotten each groups within the Closing 4. No different college has even completed the feat twice.

Syracuse (2016)

The Orange made an unbelievable run to the Closing 4 on the boys’s aspect as a No. 10 seed. After beating Dayton to open the event, Syracuse drew No. 15 Center Tennessee and beat the Blue Raiders by 20. Syracuse then beat No. 11 Gonzaga earlier than taking down No. 1 Virginia within the Elite Eight. Nevertheless, the shock Closing 4 journey ended within the semifinals with a 17-point loss to North Carolina.

The ladies’s crew was a No. 4 seed and upset No. 1 South Carolina within the Candy 6. Syracuse beat No. 7 Tennessee to get to the Closing 4 and knocked off No. 7 Washington to advance to the nationwide championship sport. Nevertheless, UConn awaited in that title sport and the Huskies gained by 31.

South Carolina (2017)

The boys’s crew received to the Closing 4 as a No. 7 seed to hitch Daybreak Staley’s first nationwide champion as one of many final groups standing.

After ending third within the SEC, South Carolina upset No. 2 Duke within the second spherical and beat No. 3 Baylor by 20 within the Candy 16. South Carolina took down fellow SEC foe Florida within the Elite Eight, however misplaced 77-73 to Gonzaga within the Closing 4.

The ladies survived an upset bid by No. 8 Arizona State within the second spherical earlier than a simple Candy 16 win and a seven-point win over Florida State within the Elite Eight. Within the Closing 4, South Carolina beat Stanford by 9 after which Mississippi State by 12 in an all-SEC nationwide championship sport.

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