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NCAA Tournament 2012: Ranking Top Final Four Performances in Past 25 Years
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Final Fours can often be remembered as much for individual performances carrying their teams to victory as for the teams themselves.

Kemba Walker, though not as dominant in the Final Four as he was earlier in the NCAA Tournament, is a pretty good example.  By the time the calendar hit April, you couldn't mention UConn without following it or preceding it with the name Kemba Walker.

Through recent years, other players have created and taken on the identity of their team through their outstanding play on the biggest stage in college basketball.

Sometimes, however, teams play so well collectively in the Final Four that you simply cannot single out one player as the star of the weekend.  Such team efforts should be acknowledged just as much as a heroic individual effort.

Here is a look at the 25 best individual and team performances in the Final Four over the past 25 years.


Note:  This piece covers Final Fours played between 1987 and 2011.  Not every single Final Four may be represented.

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Kentucky has Final Four History on Its Side

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