Everyone's heard of UConn. All these other guys? They'll need name tags at the Final Four.
When they travel to Houston next week to play for the national title, Florida Atlantic and San Diego State will be making their first appearances at the Final Four. If the unfamiliar names - to say nothing of the seedings - are any indication, fans might look back on 2022-23 as the season when true parity finally sunk down deep into the bones of America's favorite basketball tournament and turned March Madness into a total free-for-all, all the way to the last weekend.
There will be no No. 1 seed at the Final Four for the first time since 2011. Instead, there will be a 9 seed in Florida Atlantic, a 5 seed in SDSU and a 4 seed in UConn, which has won its four tournament games by an average of 22.5 points and comes in as a prohibitive favorite, at 11-10 according to FanDuel Sportsbook, to win it all.