NCAA Tournament First: A Final Four of No. 1 Seeds

Chris D'AnielloAnalyst IMarch 30, 2008

There have been multiple occasions when three of the No. 1 seeds entered the Final Four.

However, for the first time in the history of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, every No. 1 seed won their region and now head for the Final Four in San Antonio.

North Carolina was the surest bet, if there was one in this unpredictable elimination tournament, to make it to the Final Four.

They were, and deserved to be, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. The Tarheels had dominated every one of their tournament opponents up to the Elite Eight and smoothly rolled into the Final Four, just as many expected.

UCLA also was seen as very likely to be taking an early April trip to San Antonio. Due to a bounty of upsets in their region, including the downfall of the No. 2 seed Blue Devils along with UConn and Drake, UCLA seemed to luck out into what can probably be called the easiest path into the Final Four.

Kansas, early on, seemed to be staring at an abundance of challenges in order to head for the Final Four.

However, the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds both fell in the first round. The mighty Hoyas were shocked by the great underdog story of the tournament—the Davidson Wildcats, who also shocked the No. 3 seed Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.

Kansas struck down UNLV by a large margin in the second round and ousted the Villanova Wildcats to advance to the Elite Eight where they would face off against another Wildcat in Davidson.

The No. 1 seed and the No. 10 seed battled in a back-and-forth game until all-star sharpshooter Stephen Curry picked up his dribble with Davidson down two points with two seconds left in the game.

Curry was forced to dish it to his teammate, Jason Richards, who missed a long three. Kansas had put down any talk of them being choke-artists and packed their bags for San Antonio.

Memphis was probably the No. 1 seed least picked to advance to the Final Four.

Though they only lost one game all season, many believed they could not make it past tough foes in the tournament such as Pittsburgh and Texas. These critics attacked Memphis strength-of-schedule and their inability to make free throws.

Many said Memphis could not win a close game because they could not convert on the charity stripe. Memphis shot down that theory by shooting incredibly well from the stripe against Texas in the Elite Eight.

As for the blazing hot Pittsburgh Panthers? The Tigers never had the chance to dispell rumors that they couldn't handle Pittsburgh after the Panthers suffered a tragic, unexpected loss to the Michigan State Spartans.

People will claim that UCLA and Kansas had it easy.

People will say Memphis got lucky.

People will boast that UNC didn't have to face Tennessee.

None of that matters. We all witnessed history when the clock struck midnight on the Cinderella Davidson Wildcats and all the No. 1 seeds made it to the Final Four.