Final Four: With both teams still standing, UConn and NC State are in unpredecedented territory

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NC State and UConn are each achieving a rare feat in 2024. And together, they’re making history.

The Wolfpack became the 14th school to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams advance to the Final Four in the same season on Sunday when the women’s team knocked off Texas in the Elite Eight hours before the men’s team took down Duke.

Monday night, UConn’s women joined the men in the Final Four. The men had advanced to the Final Four on Saturday with an incredible win over Illinois. Monday, the UConn women beat USC to fill out the women’s Final Four.

As UConn became the 15th school to have teams in both Final Fours, 2024 became the first year to have two schools with both teams in their respective Final Fours. Never before had two schools made up a quarter of the combined Final Four field.

Can either UConn or NC State get two national titles in the same season? The Huskies have done it before. UConn became the first school to win the men’s and women’s national title in the same season in 2004 and did it again in 2014. If you think we’re on a 10-year interval of double UConn titles, then you should go place some bets.

Here’s a look at the other 13 instances a school has gotten both teams in the Final Four.

Georgia (1983)

The first school to get both teams in the Final Four in the same year had each of its teams go on remarkable postseason runs. The men’s team went 9-9 in the SEC and drew the No. 4 seed in the East region. Georgia knocked off No. 1 St. John’s and No. 2 North Carolina to make the Final Four before losing to eventual national champion NC State in the Final Four.

The women’s team went 4-5 in SEC play but took down LSU, Tennessee and Ole Miss in the conference tournament. In the NCAA tournament, the Bulldogs beat North Carolina and Indiana to set up a rematch with the Lady Vols. Georgia won that game again, but lost by 24 to USC in the Final Four.

Duke (1999)

After no school had repeated Georgia’s feat in 15 years, Duke became the…

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Publish date : 2024-04-02 12:34:39

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