In 1985, three Big East teams — Villanova, Georgetown, and St. John's — made the NCAA Tournament Final Four (along with Memphis from the Metro). It was the most teams a single conference has ever sent to a single NCAA Tournament Final Four.
This year, the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, and Pac-12 could all theoretically send four teams to the Final Four. Each conference has at least one school in each of the four NCAA Tournament regions. Here's the breakdown:[divider]
Of the five conferences, the Big Ten is the most likely to not send a single team to the Final Four. The highest seed in the group is Purdue, and the Boilermakers could face Kansas as early as the Sweet 16, assuming they get by Vermont (who hasn't lost in 21-straight) and either Big 12 champions Iowa State or Nevada. [divider]
Kansas is an obviously Final Four pick as the 1-seed in the Midwest. Baylor and West Virginia have the chops to get hot and roll to the Final Four. But Kansas State would be the fourth 11-seed to ever make the final weekend — which would tie them for the highest seed to ever make the National Semifinals if they were to do it. Seems unlikely.[divider]
Villanova seems possible to probable. But any other Big East team would be an absolute shock to make the Final Four. [divider]
USC is not going to make the Final Four. You heard it here first. Other than that, it wouldn't be all that shocking to see UCLA and Arizona in the final weekend. The same could have been said for Oregon before Chris Boucher tore his ACL in the Pac-12 Title game. Now they seem like a long shot for anything beyond the Sweet 16.[divider]