Duke, Kansas lead 2022 Final Four power rankings

The Blueblood Final Four is just a few days away. One No. 1 seed, two No. 2s and a No. 8 seed survived to keep dancing all the way to Bourbon Street, making this seventh Final Four in the last eight men’s tournaments to feature at least one team seeded no. 7 or worse. The story lines write themselves, but how do these four teams stack up heading into the weekend? Here’s how Sports Illustrated ranks the schools still in the mix to cut down the nets.

1. Duke (No. 2 seed, West champ)

The Blue Devils’ offense has become an inferno during this tournament. Take last weekend, when Duke hung 78 points on each of Texas Tech and Arkansas, two of the best defensive teams in the sport. The Devils aren’t lighting it up from three, but everyone except centers Mark Williams and Theo John is a capable floor spacer, which prevents defenses from being able to collapse and help. The result? A lot of one-on-one drives for the likes of Jeremy Roach, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Moore Jr., with no weak-side help. And if help does come, you’re asking to give up a three to AJ Griffin or a dunk to Williams.

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