An early projection for who will make the 2018 Final Four.
We’re a couple of days away from this year’s Final Four. On Saturday, South Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon and North Carolina will play for a spot in Monday’s national title game.
With this year’s Final Four approaching, let’s take a look at what next season’s Final Four could look like.
Here’s who we think will make the 2018 Final Four.
The Cardinals were a No. 2 seed in this season’s tournament, losing to Michigan in the second round. A couple of Louisville’s best players – Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel – are testing the NBA Draft waters, but are ultimately expected to return. As long as they do, Louisville, which also brings in a top 10 recruiting class – including five-star big man Malik Williams – should be one of the country’s best teams.
2. Michigan State
The Spartans will bounce back to elite status in 2017-18, especially if star freshman Miles Bridges opts to return to East Lansing, Mich. (it might be doubtful, but he says he’s really considering it). Even if Bridges declares, Michigan State has a lot of young talent that should take a leap. The Spartans also bring in five-star forward Jaren Jackson and four-star forward Xavier Tillman.
Michigan State’s due for a big NCAA Tournament run, anyway.
The Wildcats will lose star freshmen De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk to the NBA, and probably Bam Adebayo, too. But Isaiah Briscoe and Isaac Humphries could return. And Coach Cal, of course, brings in the country’s No. 1 recruiting class.
The Wildcats suffered a heartbreaking loss in the Sweet 16 to Xavier and Sean Miller remains Final Four-less. He could get there next season, though. Arizona will lose Lauri Markkanen and maybe Allonzo Trier, too. But if Trier returns, this team could be preseason top 3-4. Arizona brings in the country’s No. 3 recruiting class.
Who do you have in the Final Four next season?