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Ask sports: What are the most years a team has gone between Final Four appearances?

  • Published Sunday, March 31, 2013, at 12 a.m.

What are the most years a team has gone between Final Four appearances?

With 75 years of the tournament, the gap between Final Four appearances can be fairly significant.

Wisconsin’s 2000 Final Four appearance broke a 59-year drought for the Badgers, who appeared in the third Final Four in 1941.

Other lengthy spans between appearances included Stanford (1942, 1998) and Texas (1947, 2003).

Oregon, the inaugural champion in 1939, is still waiting for its second Final Four appearance. The other three teams in that Final Four were Ohio State, Oklahoma and Villanova.

Other pre-1945 single-appearance Final Four teams include Duquesne (1940), Washington State (1941), Pittsburgh (1941), Wyoming (1943) and Iowa State (1944).

If Duke wins Sunday, where would that put the Blue Devils on the all-time Final Four list?

Duke is currently tied with Kentucky for third place with 15 Final Fours.

North Carolina and UCLA each have 18 appearances, although the NCAA only recognizes 17 for the Bruins as their 1980 national runner-up achievement has been vacated.

All but four of Duke’s Final Fours have happened under Mike Krzyzewski’s tenure. His first Final Four was in 1986.

Kansas is fifth with 14 Final Fours.

Heading into the regional finals, every team had a previous Final Four appearance in its school’s history, with only Wichita State not having won the tournament before.

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