The field was completed on Sunday when South Carolina upset the Florida Gators in an all SEC Elite Eight match-up, while the Tar Heels got the better of Kentucky.
Down by seven at the half the constant defensive harrying of the Gamecocks wore on the Gators down the stretch.
Sindarius Thornwell again was the star for South Carolina, as the local product connected on 8-of-13 from the floor for a game-high 26 points.
Three other starters were in double figures for the Gamecocks as they eased to a 77-70 triumph at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Over in Memphis North Carolina edged the Wildcats 75-73. Luke Maye hit the winner with less than a second remaining as, on the 25th anniversary weekend of Duke’s #32 Christian Laettner breaking Kentucky’s heart in the Elite Eight, this time it was the Tar Heels’ #32 who did the same.
Duke would go on to win the NCAA title in 1992 after the victory over Kentucky, widely considered one of the greatest games in Tournament history.
Sunday’s win wasn’t the same caliber as the Duke vs. Kentucky game, but North Carolina won’t care as it took them back to the Final Four for a second consecutive season after falling to Villanova in the final last year.
Standing in North Carolina’s way will be an Oregon side that was ranked highly during the regular campaign, but lost Chris Boucher prior to the Tournament.
That was expected to be fatal for the Ducks, but instead they did well to beat Michigan and Kansas to book their place in Arizona.