A delightfully unpredictable college basketball season has given us some stunning twists and turns heading into Saturday’s Final Four games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Already, we have seen three teams from the Lone Star State (Baylor, Texas, Stephen F. Austin) outlast Duke in the NCAA Tournament field.
We watched a fourth Texas team, SMU, rebound from its Selection Sunday snub by members of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee and make enough noise in the NIT to suggest the Mustangs had more to offer as participants in the 68-team bracket than one-and-done invitees Brigham Young, Colorado, Xavier, Iowa, George Washington or Massachusetts.
We have seen Kentucky’s latest version of Fab Five 2.0 take down the descendants of the school that, in 1991, originated the concept of freshman-first basketball: Michigan.
So, what else can happen that would make the first Final Four to visit DFW in 28 years particularly memorable to the record-setting crowds headed to the games at JerryWorld?
Let us count the ways: