The Men's Final Four is almost here after another enthralling month of action on the hardwood. We'll get you acquainted with all four teams ahead of the Final Four tipping off from New Orleans on Saturday.

Whether you're looking for a rooting interest, or just looking to learn a little bit more about the four participants in New Orleans, we've got you covered.

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Villanova Wildcats – Private Catholic University – Villanova, Pennsylvania - Big East Conference

Houston v Villanova
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Head Coach Jay Wright – 21st season

Record - 30-7

7th Final Four Appearance:

(1939, 1971, 1985, 2009, 2016, 2018, 2022)

3-Time National Champions – 1985 def. Georgetown, 2016 def. UNC and 2018 def. Michigan

Colors – Navy Blue and White

Historical Notes – In 1985, the Wildcats were the lowest seed (8) to ever win the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas Jayhawks – Public University – Lawrence, Kansas – Big 12 Conference

Miami v Kansas
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Head Coach Bill Self – 19th season

Record - 32-6

16th Final Four Appearance: (1940, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1971, 1974, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2018, 2022)

3-Time National Champions – 1952 def. St. Johns, 1988 def. Oklahoma, 2008 def. Memphis

Colors – Crimson and Blue

Historical Notes - The Jayhawks' first coach was the inventor of the game of basketball, James Naismith.


Duke Blue Devils – Private University – Durham, North Carolina – Atlantic Coast Conference

Arkansas v Duke
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Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski – 42nd Season

Record - 32-6

17th Final Four Appearance:

(1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2015, 2022)

5-Time National Champions – 1991 def. Kansas, 1992 def. Michigan, 2001 def. Arizona, 2010 def. Butler, 2015 def. Wisconsin

Colors – Duke Blue and White

Historical Notes – This is Coach K’s Final Season. He has led Duke to 36 Tournament appearances, 101 Tournament wins, and all 5 of the school’s national championships.

North Carolina Tarheels – Public University – Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Atlantic Coast Conference

Saint Peter's v North Carolina
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Head Coach Hubert Davis – 1st Season

Record - 28-9

21st Final Four Appearance:

(1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2022)

6-Time National Champions – 1957 def. Kansas, 1982 def. Georgetown, 1993 def. Michigan, 2005 def. Illinois, 2009 def. Michigan State, 2017 def. Gonzaga

Colors – Carolina Blue and White

Historical Notes – No team has been to more Final Fours. Coach Hubert Davis is the first coach to take his team to the Final Four in his first season since Bill Guthridge of UNC did so in 1998.


Villanova and Kansas tip-off all of the action from New Orleans on Saturday at approximately 5:09 central time. Duke and Carolina will meet for the first-ever time in the NCAA Tournament later that night, with a projected tip time of 7:49.


20 Years of Gas Prices' Ups and Downs

'Gas prices: giving us something to talk about with our coworkers for 20 years.' I don't remember where I first heard it, but that's the perfect way to describe all the pointless complaining sessions we all have taken part in over the years.

I don't much attention to the price of gas. Admittedly I do not work in a field that directly relies on equipment that takes gallons and gallons of gas. But, as an average car driver, I'm just going to pay whatever it costs. 

It's not that I don't care, I just know I don't have a choice. I'm going to need gas, so I'm going to pay whatever they charge. Kids gotta get to school and I gotta get to work. The only real choice is to drive or not to drive. Walking the ten-mile round trip to work every day is impractical, especially during one of South Dakota's patented six-month winters. 

Besides being low-key annoying, complaining about the price of gas is dumb because I remember things. Like that the price of gas has been up and down for at least 20 years. 2021 is no better or worse than 2003. It takes at least $40 to fill my tank this year just like it did in 2017.

But, why not dig into the photo archives and find some proof of memory. Because news stories about gas prices are the pointless small talk of journalism, there are lots of pictures of gas station signs from the last couple of decades. 

Starting in 2000 we can see that rise and fall of gas prices in the United States. World events, natural disasters, and economic changes all affect the price. And all through those years, I paid what was charged. 

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