This year of Final Four picks is unlike virtually any other season that we have ever seen in the history of the dance. With so much uncertainty out there with these high seeds two of the last four teams standing, we take a look back at the history of some odd Final Fours and how they turned out.
First off, this is only the third time in the history of this tournament that not a single No. 1 seed was in the Final Four. In one of those seasons in the past, the No. 2 seed, the Louisville Cardinals were the champs (1980), while in the other, the No. 3 Florida Gators proved to cut down the nets (2006). That probably bodes well for making Final Four picks on either the Connecticut Huskies or the Kentucky Wildcats.
However, we're really not all that sure that either of these teams are really capable of winning it all. There are only four times in the history of this event that a No. 3 seed won it all, and the only two haven’t pulled off the task since 1989. The bad news for the Wildcats is that they would only be the second No. 4 seed in the history of the dance. The good news is that it was another set of Cats that finished off the title run, as the Arizona Wildcats did it in 1997.
There's some really bad news for Final Four picks on the Butler Bulldogs and the VCU Rams. There hasn't been a No. 11 seed ever even make it to the final in the NCAA Tournament, and there has only been one No. 8 seed that has ever won it all, the 1985 Villanova Wildcats.
It isn't unprecedented for a No. 8 seed to be in the finale of this event, and it certainly isn't unheard of to think that one of these teams could be in the Final Four. Obviously, the Wildcats won it all in 1985, while the North Carolina Tar Heels and Wisconsin Badgers both made it into the tourney's final weekend as No. 8s in 2000.
There has only been one team since 2000 that was higher than a No. 5 seed. The only one is the George Mason Patriots from 2006.
The Pats were the only team out of the CAA to ever make for successful Final Four picks before VCU has gotten there. Butler is the only team to ever get out of the Horizon League to make it this far in the NCAA Tournament, and of course, it made it to the finale last season.
Butler is the only team that is here from last year's Final Four. In fact, it was the only one that was still standing in the Elite 8 as well, a true testament to the tremendous job that Head Coach Brad Stevens has done.
Keep all of these historical numbers in mind, and you'll be sure to make for great Final Four picks this coming weekend in Houston.