The Final Four is an annual event, but this year’s edition features a never-before-seen event. The Connecticut and NC State men’s and women’s basketball teams both reached their respective NCAA Tournament semifinals, marking the first time two schools sent both teams to the Final Four in the same year.

The UConn women’s team advanced Monday in Portland, Ore., with an 80-73 victory over USC, marking the Huskies’ 23rd Final Four appearance in program history.

South Carolina was the last school to send both programs to the Final Four in 2017. The men’s team lost to Gonzaga, while the women’s team defeated Stanford in the Final Four and won the national championship against Mississippi State.

Not surprisingly, the Wolfpack and Huskies have been here before.

Men’s and women’s teams in Final Four together

Year Team Result gentlemen Result ladies


Lost Final Four to NC State

Lost Final Four to USC


Lost the national title to UConn

Lost the national title to Purdue


Lost Final Four to Indiana

Lost the national title to UConn


Lost Final Four to Syracuse

Lost Final Four to UConn


Won national title vs. Georgia Tech

Won national title vs. Tennessee


Lost Final Four to UNC

Lost the national title to Baylor


Lost Final Four to UCLA

Lost Final Four to Duke


Lost Final Four to Michigan State

Won national title vs. Louisville


Won national title vs. Butler

Lost Final Four to Notre Dame


Won national title vs. Michigan

Lost Final Four to UConn


Won national title vs. Kentucky

Won national title vs. Notre Dame


Lost Final Four to UNC

Lost the national title to UConn


Lost Final Four to Gonzaga

Won the national title for Mississippi State

In the men’s tournament, defending champion UConn earned the No. 1 overall seed, defeating Stetson, Northwestern, San Diego State and Illinois to return to the Final Four. The Huskies face No. 4 seed Alabama on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

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UConn’s women’s program, a No. 3 seed, returns to the Final Four for the third time in four years after defeating Jackson State, Syracuse, Duke and USC. Coach Geno Auriemma’s team will play against Iowa on Friday in Cleveland.

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The NC State women’s team will also play No. 1 overall seed South Carolina in the Final Four on Friday. The Wolfpack swept past Chattanooga, Tennessee, Stanford and Texas to reach the national semifinals.

Meanwhile, the NC State men’s team defeated Texas Tech, Oakland, Marquette and Duke to reach the Final Four, where it will play Purdue.

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