The NCAA men's Division 1 basketball selection committee did themselves proud last month, as we look ahead to Saturday night's Final Four. Three of the tournament's No. 1 seeds and a No. 7 seed with championship pedigree make up the quartet of teams that will take to the court in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Tournament overall No. 1 seed and Midwest region champion Kentucky faces West region champ and No. 1 seed Wisconsin in a repeat of one national semifinal from a year ago. The Kentucky Wildcats edged the Wisconsin Badgers in that one before falling to Connecticut in last year's championship game.
In the other game, South No. 1 Duke takes on East region champ Michigan State. These two teams met during the regular season, with the Blue Devils winning by double digits.
Both games will be televised on TBS, beginning with the Duke-Michigan State game at 6:09 p.m. Eastern time Saturday.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski knows his way around the Final Four. This will be the 12th time he has led the Blue Devils to the national semifinals during his 35 years at the university.
The Blue Devils' leading scorer during the NCAA tournament has been freshman center Jahlil Okafor, who's been averaging 15.5 points per game.
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is almost equally well-versed in elite basketball coaching circles. Izzo has now taken the Spartans to the Final Four for the seventh time in his 20 years at East Lansing, Mich.
Michigan State's scoring leader during the tournament has been senior guard Travis Trice, at nearly 20 points per contest.
For the second year in a row, CBS and Turner Sports are offering fans a chance to watch the games with broadcasters from each school. If you would like to watch a Duke-centric broadcast of the game against the Spartans, watch the game on TNT. Spartan fans can watch their team on truTV.
The second game Saturday features Kentucky and Wisconsin.
The Wildcats are undefeated in their prior 38 games this season, winning those contests by an average of nearly 21 points. The last time an undefeated team won the NCAA national championship was Indiana University, who went 32-0 back in 1976.
The top scorer for UK in the NCAA tournament is freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns, averaging just over 13 points per game, though the Wildcats have received scoring help during the season from throughout their roster.
While Kentucky features youth on their side, the Wisconsin Badgers make their second straight trip to the Final Four on the strength of upperclassmen, led by senior All-American and Associated Press Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky and junior forward Sam Dekker.
Both players are averaging over 20 points per game in the tournament, and are ably assisted by the foursome of Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig, Traevon Jackson, and Josh Gasser.
You can watch Kentucky and Wisconsin battle on TBS for a spot in the national championship game, beginning at approximately 8:49 p.m. Eastern. The Kentucky team broadcast will be on TNT and the Badger broadcast will be on truTV.