Final Four: With both teams still standing, UConn and NC State are in unprecedented territory

By | April 2, 2024

NC State and UConn each accomplish a rare feat in 2024. And together, they’re making history.

The Wolfpack became the 14th school to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams advance to the Final Four in the same season on Sunday, when the women’s team defeated Texas in the Elite Eight Hours before the men’s team defeated Duke.

On Monday night, the UConn women joined the men in the Final Four. The men advanced to the Final Four on Saturday with an incredible victory over Illinois. On Monday, the UConn women defeated USC to enter the women’s Final Four.

As UConn became the 15th school with teams in both Final Fours, 2024 became the first year with two schools with both teams in their respective Final Fours. Never before have two schools made up a quarter of the combined Final Four field.

Can UConn or NC State win two national titles in the same season? The Huskies have done it before. UConn became the first school to win the men’s and women’s national titles in the same season in 2004, and did so again in 2014. If you think we have a ten-year gap with dual UConn titles, then you need to make a few bets to block. .

Here’s a look at the other 13 instances where a school got both teams in the Final Four.

Georgia (1983)

The first school to get both teams into the Final Four in the same year, each of its teams made remarkable postseason runs. The men’s team went 9-9 in the SEC and drew the No. 4 seed in the East Region. Georgia defeated No. 1 St. John’s and No. 2 North Carolina to make the Final Four before losing to eventual national champion NC State in the Final Four.

The women’s team went 4-5 in SEC play, but defeated LSU, Tennessee and Ole Miss in the conference tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs defeated North Carolina and Indiana to set up a rematch with the Lady Vols. Georgia won that game again, but lost by 24 to USC in the Final Four.

Duke (1999)

After no school duplicated Georgia’s feat in 15 years, Duke became the second school to get both teams into the Final Four, beginning a trend that has continued with regularity throughout the 2000s. Both Blue Devils teams also made it to the national title game.

The men were the No. 1 seed in the East Region and defeated Michigan State in the Final Four before losing 77-74 to UConn in the championship game. The women were the No. 3 seed and defeated No. 1 Tennessee to win the East. The Blue Devils defeated Georgia in the semifinals, but lost to Purdue in the national title game.

Oklahoma (2002)

The men’s team had to eliminate a fellow Big 12 opponent in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four. The No. 2 seed Sooners faced No. 12 seed Missouri in the Elite Eight and defeated the Tigers by six. However, Oklahoma was upset by No. 5 seed Indiana in the Final Four.

The women made it to the national title match. After winning both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles, the women also faced a Big 12 team in the Elite Eight. This match wasn’t that close. Oklahoma defeated Colorado by 34. The Sooners defeated Duke to open the Final Four, but lost by 12 to UConn in the national title game.

Texas (2003)

Both Texas teams lost in the semifinals. The men were the top seed in the South and defeated Michigan State by nine to advance to the Final Four. However, they faced eventual national champion Syracuse in the semifinals and the Dutch won by 11. The women were the No. 2 seed in the West and won their first four games of the tournament by double digits before losing by two to UConn in the finals. semi-finals.

NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 6: Diana Taurasi #3 of the University of Connecticut Huskies and teammate Barbara Turner #33 celebrate after defeating the Tennessee Lady Vols 70-61 in the national championship game of the NCAA Women's Final Four Tournament in the New Orleans Arena on April 6, 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

UConn celebrates after winning the 2004 NCAA Tournament. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

UConn (2004)

The UConn men entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed and traveled through the Western Region. It needed to win a 79-78 thriller over Duke in the semifinals to advance to the national title game, where the Huskies defeated Georgia Tech 82-73.

The women scored their third straight national title in 2004 and fourth in five seasons. Like the men, the women were also a No. 2 seed. UConn has been the No. 1 seed in each of the past five tournaments. After big wins in the first two rounds, UConn’s games were getting closer. But not by much. The Huskies won every tournament game by eight points or more.

Michigan State (2005)

The women were the Big Ten’s dominant team over the course of the season. MSU went 14-2 during the regular season and also won the tournament title. After edging past No. 8 USC in the second round, the Spartans defeated Vanderbilt and Stanford to win their region and defeated Tennessee by four in the semifinals. However, Michigan State fell one win short of a title as it lost by 22 to Baylor in the national championship.

The men finished second in the Big Ten and were the No. 5 seed in the tournament. They upset No. 1 Duke in the Sweet 16 and defeated No. 2 Kentucky in the Elite Eight before losing by 16 to No. 1 North Carolina in the semifinals.

LSU (2006)

LSU became the fourth school in four years to have both teams in the Final Four, as the men’s team ran into the Final Four as a No. 4 seed and the women were in their tournament as a No. 1 seed.

The men upset No. 1 Duke by eight points in the Sweet 16 before beating No. 2 Texas by 10 in the Elite Eight. However, their run ended one game later when UCLA defeated LSU 59-45 in the Final Four.

The women’s team defeated No. 2 seed Stanford by three in the Elite Eight before being blown out by the Blue Devils in the Final Four. Duke defeated LSU 64-45 to advance to the national title game.

UConn (2009)

The UConn women went 39-0 as they made their way through the NCAA tournament. The Huskies won every tournament game by at least 18 points. UConn defeated Stanford 83-64 in the semifinals before defeating Louisville 76-54 to win their first national title since 2004.

The men defeated Missouri in the Elite Eight to advance to the Final Four, but lost by nine in the Final Four. Michigan State defeated UConn 82-73 in the semifinals.

UConn (2011)

The UConn men won the national title in 2011 as the women fell two games short. The men earned a No. 3 seed in the tournament despite going 9-9 in the Big East. The Huskies defeated No. 2 San Diego State in the Sweet 16 and then snuck past No. 5 Arizona by two in the Elite Eight.

UConn’s victory in the semifinals was even closer as the Huskies defeated No. 4 Kentucky 56-55 to advance to a national title game that anyone who isn’t a UConn fan wants to forget. The Huskies won the league title with an ugly 53-41 victory over Butler.

The women were the No. 1 seed in the East and advanced to the Final Four with a 35-point victory over No. 2 seed Duke. However, they fell 72-63 to Notre Dame in the Final Four.

Louisville (2013)

We’re going to pretend the men’s national title hasn’t disappeared. The Cardinals defeated Duke by 22 points in the Elite Eight before defeating upstart Wichita State to advance to the national title game. Louisville went on to defeat Michigan by six points to win the school’s first national title since 1986.

The women were a No. 5 seed and upset No. 1 Baylor 82-81 in the Sweet 16. The Cardinals then defeated No. 2 Tennessee in the Eight Eight and defeated No. 2 Cal by seven in the semifinals. However, UConn was inevitable. There would be no double national title for the Cardinals. UConn defeated Louisville by 34 in the national championship.

In the final seconds of the game, Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrates the end of the East Regional final of the NCAA Tournament.  The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Michigan State Spartans 60-54 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, March 30, 2014. (Richard Messina/Hartford Courant/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)In the final seconds of the game, Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrates the end of the East Regional final of the NCAA Tournament.  The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Michigan State Spartans 60-54 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, March 30, 2014. (Richard Messina/Hartford Courant/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

UConn and Shabazz Napier won the 2014 NCAA Tournament. (Richard Messina/Hartford Courant/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

UConn (2014)

The men had to make an improbable run to the Final Four to join the women as they were in the midst of another historic season.

The UConn women’s team went 40-0 to win the second of what turned out to be four consecutive national titles. No one could get close to the Huskies. UConn won every tournament game by at least 15 points and defeated Notre Dame by 19 points in the national title game.

The men’s team was a No. 7 seed to start the tournament and upset No. 2 seed Villanova by 12 in the second round. UConn then defeated No. 3 Iowa State in the Sweet 16 before defeating No. 4 seed Michigan State to reach the Final Four. After beating No. 1 Florida in the semifinals, the men defeated No. 8 Kentucky for the national title.

2024 marks the fifth time UConn has gotten both teams into the Final Four. No other school has accomplished this feat even twice.

Syracuse (2016)

The Dutch made an unlikely run to the Final Four on the men’s side as the No. 10 seed. After beating Dayton to open the tournament, Syracuse drew No. 15 Middle Tennessee and defeated the Blue Raiders by 20. Syracuse then defeated No. 11 Gonzaga before defeating No. 1 Virginia in the Elite Eight. However, the surprising Final Four trip ended in the semifinals with a 17-point loss to North Carolina.

The women’s team was a No. 4 seed and upset No. 1 South Carolina in the Sweet 16. Syracuse defeated No. 7 Tennessee to reach the Final Four and defeated No. 7 Washington to advance to the national championship game. However, UConn waited in that title game and the Huskies won by 31.

South Carolina (2017)

The men’s team reached the Final Four as a No. 7 seed, joining Dawn Staley’s first national champion as one of the last teams standing.

After finishing third in the SEC, South Carolina upset No. 2 Duke in the second round and defeated No. 3 Baylor by 20 in the Sweet 16. South Carolina defeated fellow SEC foe Florida in the Elite Eight, but lost beating Gonzaga 77-73 in the Final Four.

The women survived an upset bid by No. 8 Arizona State in the second round before posting an easy Sweet 16 victory and a seven-point victory over Florida State in the Elite Eight. In the Final Four, South Carolina defeated Stanford by nine and then Mississippi State by twelve in an all-SEC national championship game.

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