The 2012 NCAA tournament has had its share of massive upsets, but the Final Four doesn’t hold a lot of surprises. The lowest seed left in this year’s tournament field is No. 4 Louisville, one of the country’s hottest teams after winning the Big East tournament.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino, though, knows a thing or two about serious Final Four underdogs.
Pitino’s first appearance in the national semifinals came in 1987, when his Providence Friars (a No. 6 seed) went from fourth place in the Big East to the Southeast regional championship.
Herein lies a closer look at those Friars and the rest of the dozen most surprising teams ever to play in a Final Four.