And then there were two.
From the field of 68 they have come, outpacing the rest of the field after achieving the near impossible; getting a group of college athletes to play at a consistently high level for two weeks straight.
They are Louisville, the number one overall seed and consensus favorite, and Michigan, a team that could have challenged for the same role had they played the same way in December and January as they have in March. As national championships go, this one seems to have a surprisingly high level of balance in a year that has been characterized by inconsistency. I’m not here to call a winner — frankly I have no ties to either program this season, financial or otherwise.