The official T-shirt for the Final Four highlights the rich histories of Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
Top-ranked Kentucky, now 38-0 and two wins from the first 40-0 season in NCAA men’s basketball history, leads the field, with two other No. 1 seeds, Wisconsin and Duke, and No. 7 seed in Michigan State.
The front of the shirt features the logos of the four participants, while the back details the combined 46 Final Four appearances of the four teams—17 for Kentucky, 16 for Duke, nine for Michigan State and four for Wisconsin.
Kentucky has won eight national championships, while Duke has won four times, Michigan State twice and Wisconsin once.
And the coaches are an impressive lot all by themselves. A combined 2,489 Division I wins between Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan—a total that goes up to 2,842 if you include Ryan’s run at Division III UW-Platteville, according to ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan.
The group of coaches has also combined for six national titles and 26 Final Four appearances, including Krzyzewski’s 12th this year, which ties him with John Wooden for the most all-time.
Michigan State and Duke play the first game on Saturday at 6:09 p.m. ET, and Wisconsin plays Kentucky 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
- Phil Watson