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17 Mar 2001: Jason Williams #22 and Shane Battier #31 of Duke celebrate after beating Missouri in the second round of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Duke won 94-81.
17 Mar 2001: Jason Williams #22 and Shane Battier #31 of Duke celebrate after beating Missouri in the second round of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Duke won 94-81.
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Chances are strong that, as the only No. 1 seed remaining in the field, North Carolina will come away with the title in this year’s Final Four.

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Top seeds have won 20 of 37 men’s national championships since seeding began in 1979. Ten of the last 15 titles were won by a No. 1 seed, including Duke last season.

Should UNC win its sixth NCAA title, it would mark the third time the Blue Devils and Tar Heels captured back-to-back NCAA championships. Duke won in 1991 and 1992, followed by Carolina in 1993. UNC won in 2009, followed by the Devils in 2010. (The Heels also won in 1957, 1982 and 2005, Duke in 2001.)

Note, too, that although Syracuse is a 10th-seed, its deep tournament penetration held up as an example of parity, in fact this is the third straight season and fourth in the past five in which no team from outside the power elite crashed the Final Four.

FOURTUITOUS
Final Four Fields Since 1979
(Champions Underlined, ACC Champions in Bold)

Year Seed, Team Seed, Team Seed, Team Seed, Team Non-Power League
2016 1 UNC 2 Oklahoma 2 Villanova 10 Syracuse
2015 1 Duke 1 Wisconsin 1 Kentucky 7 Michigan State
2014 1 Florida 2 Wisconsin 7 UConn 8 Kentucky
2013 1 Louisville 4 Michigan 4 Syracuse 9 Wichita State Wichita State
2012 1 Kentucky 2 Kansas 2 Ohio St. 4 Louisville
2011 3 UConn 4 Kentucky 8 Butler 11 VCU Butler, VCU
2010 1 Duke 2 West Virginia 5 Butler 5 Michigan St. Butler
2009 1 UNC 1 UConn 2 Michigan St. 3 Villanova
2008 1 UNC 1 Kansas 1 Memphis 1 UCLA Memphis
2007 1 Florida 1 Ohio State 2 Georgetown 2 UCLA
2006 2 UCLA 3 Florida 4 LSU 11 George Mason George Mason
2005 1 UNC 1 Illinois 4 Louisville 5 Michigan State Louisville*
2004 1 Duke 2 UConn 2 Oklahoma St. 3 Georgia Tech
2003 1 Texas 2 Kansas 3 Marquette 3 Syracuse Marquette*
2002 1 Maryland 1 Kansas 2 Oklahoma 5 Indiana
2001 1 Duke 1 Michigan St. 2 Arizona 3 Maryland
2000 2 Michigan St. 5 Florida 8 UNC 8 Wisconsin
1999 1 Duke 1 UConn 1 Michigan St. 4 Ohio State
1998 1 UNC 2 Kentucky 3 Stanford 3 Utah Utah
1997 1 UNC 1 Kentucky 1 Minnesota 4 Arizona
1996 1 Kentucky 1 UMass 4 Syracuse 5 Mississippi St. UMass
1995 1 UCLA 2 Arkansas 2 UNC 4 Oklahoma St.
1994 1 Arkansas 2 Arizona 2 Duke 3 Florida
1993 1 UNC 1 Kentucky 1 Michigan 2 Kansas
1992 1 Duke 2 Indiana 4 Cincinnati 6 Michigan Cincinnati*
1991 1 UNC 1 UNLV 2 Duke 3 Kansas UNLV
1990 1 UNLV 3 Duke 4 Arkansas 4 Georgia Tech UNLV
1989 1 Illinois 2 Duke 3 Michigan 3 Seton Hall
1988 1 Arizona 1 Oklahoma 2 Duke 6 Kansas
1987 1 Indiana 1 UNLV 2 Syracuse 6 Providence UNLV
1986 1 Duke 1 Kansas 2 Louisville 11 LSU Louisville*
1985 1 Georgetown 1 St. John's 2 Memphis 8 Villanova Memphis
1984 1 Georgetown 1 Kentucky 2 Houston 7 Virginia Houston
1983 1 Houston 1 Louisville 4 Georgia 6 N.C. State Houston, Louisville*
1982 1 Georgetown 1 UNC 3 Louisville 6 Houston Louisville*, Houston
1981 1 LSU 1 Virginia 2 UNC 3 Indiana
1980 2 Louisville 5 Iowa 6 Purdue 8 UCLA Louisville*
1979 1 Indiana St. 2 DePaul 2 Michigan St. 9 Penn DePaul*, Ind. St., Penn

CHAMPIONS:
Seed No. Seasons Won
1 20 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1996,
1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1987, 1984, 1982/TR>
2 7 2004, 2000, 1998, 1991, 1986, 1980, 1979/TR>
3 5 2011, 2006, 2003, 1989, 1981/TR>
4 1 1997/TR>
6 2 1988, 1983/TR>
7 1 2014/TR>
8 1 1985/TR>