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Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. The oldest, and most common, use of the term is in reference to the final four teams in the annual NCAA basketball tournament. These are the champions of the tournament's four regional brackets, and the only teams remaining on the tournament's final weekend. (The term has been applied retroactively to include the last four teams in tournaments from earlier years, when only two brackets existed.) The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ...


Currently, the men's tournament begins with 65 teams. The two teams deemed weakest by the NCAA Selection Committee play the first game (the "play-in game") in Dayton, Ohio, and the field is narrowed down to 64 teams. The women's tournament starts with 64 teams, with no play-in game. The tournament proceeds by means of single elimination play on consecutive weekends in March at preselected sites in the United States. Dayton, Ohio Dayton is the county seat of Montgomery County, Ohio. ... A tournament is an organized competition in which many participants play each other in individual games. ...


In the men's tournament, all sites are nominally neutral: teams are prohibited from playing tournament games on their home courts (though in some cases, a team may be fortunate enough to play in or near its home state). However, the women's sites, though chosen in advance, are not necessarily neutral; the women's tournament committee deliberately places host teams on their home floors when possible. This practice is increasingly controversial.


On the third weekend, traditionally a Saturday and Monday for the men's tournament and a Sunday and Tuesday for the women's tournament, the final four teams meet in semifinals on the first day and the championship on the second. For several years in the men's tournament, the teams eliminated in the semifinals met in a consolation game prior to the championship; this was discontinued in 1981.


See NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship and NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship for a list of NCAA champions. The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ... The NCAA Womens Division I Championship is an annual basketball tournament for women. ...


Final Four Records

Final Four Single Game - Individual

  • Points
 58, Bill Bradley, Princeton vs. Wichita St., N3d, 3-20-1965 
  • Points by a Freshman
 33, Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse vs. Texas, NSF, 4-5-2003 
  • Field Goals
 22, Bill Bradley, Princeton vs. Wichita St., N3d, 3-20-1965 
  • Field Goals Attempted
 42, Lennie Rosenbluth, North Carolina vs. Michigan St., NSF, 3-22-1957 
  • Field-Goal Percentage (Min. 10 FGM)
 95.5% (21-22), Bill Walton, UCLA vs. Memphis St., CH, 3-26-1973 
  • Three-Point Field Goals
 10, Freddie Banks, UNLV vs. Indiana, NSF, 3-28-1987 
  • Rebounds
 27, Bill Russell, San Francisco vs. Iowa, CH, 3-23-1956 
  • Assists
 18, Mark Wade, UNLV vs. Indiana, NSF, 3-28-1987 
  • Blocked Shots
 6, Danny Manning, Kansas vs. Duke, NSF, 4-2-1988 
  • Steals
 7, Tommy Amaker, Duke vs. Louisville, CH, 3-31-1986 7, Mookie Blaylock, Oklahoma vs. Kansas, CH, 4-4-1988 
  • Final Four Triple-Doubles
  • Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati vs. Louisville, N3rd, 3-21-1959: 39 pts., 17 rebs. & 10 asts.
  • Magic Johnson, Michigan St. vs. Pennsylvania, NSF, 3-24-1979: 29 pts., 10 rebs. & 10 asts.

This article is about the basketball player and politician. ... Carmelo with Coach Jim Boeheim at Syracuse in 2003 Carmelo Anthony (born May 29, 1984 in New York City, New York) currently plays professional basketball as a small forward for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. Anthonys father is Puerto Rican and his mother African-American. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952 in San Diego, California), is a former American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... Bill Russell being carried off the court after leading USF to its first NCAA basketball tournament title in 1955. ... Daniel Ricardo Manning (born May 17, 1966 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is one of the greatest players in University of Kansas and college basketball history. ... Tommy Amaker is the head coach of the University of Michigan mens basketball team. ... Daron Mookie Blaylock (born March 20, 1967 in Garland, Texas) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Oscar Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee) was one of the greatest basketball players in history. ... Magic Johnson Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. ...

See also

THe most recent champion of the Final Four is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Led by Sean May who had a remarkable Final Four including 26 points on 10/11 field goals and 9 rebounds. He was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player. Selection Sunday is the day when the NCAA College Basketball tournament participants are announced, placed and seeded accordingly. ... Sweet Sixteen can mean: A song by Billy Idol A 2002 movie directed by Ken Loach [1]; A 1928 movie featuring Reginald Sheffield; the final sixteen teams left in the NCAA Mens Basketball Championship or the Womens. ... The playoff term Elite Eight has been popularized to refer to the final eight teams in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, who play in the final game of each of the tournaments four regional brackets. ... March Madness is a popular colloquial term for the process of deciding the annual champion of NCAA collegiate basketball in the United States. ... Bracketology is a slang term for predicting the field of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, named as such because it is commonly used to fill in tournament brackets for the postseason. ... John Robert Wooden (b. ...


Other Final Fours

In recent years, the term Final Four has come into use for the last four teams in other elimination tournaments. Tournaments which use Final Four include Euroleague in basketball, national basketball competitions in several European countries and now-defunct European Hockey League. Together with the name Final Four, these tournaments have adopted an NCAA-style format in which the four surviving teams compete in a single-elimination tournament held in one place, typically, during one weekend. The Euroleague is a high-caliber professional basketball league with teams from all over Europe. ...


The derivative term "Frozen Four" is used by the NCAA to refer to the final rounds of the Division I men's and women's ice hockey tournaments. The Frozen Four is the trademarked name of the final two rounds of the NCAA Division I championship of ice hockey in the USA. Schools advance in a single-elimination tournament from four regional sites to a single site, where the national semifinals and final game are played. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...



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Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament.
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The derivative term "Frozen Four" is used by the NCAA to refer to the final rounds of the Division I men's and women's ice hockey tournaments.
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