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Anonymous coaches scout the men’s Final Four teams

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A men’s NCAA tournament with a record-setting number of upsets nearly had one of the most chalky Final Fours we’ve ever seen — until 11-seed UCLA continued its incredible run from First Four to Final Four by holding off top-seeded Michigan in the final seconds on Tuesday night.

So we enter the final three games of the season with the top three teams in both KenPom and the BPI still alive, along with the Bruins.

Gonzaga will enter as the favorite, but there are key questions facing the Zags and the other three teams remaining. How do you neutralize Baylor’s perimeter trio? Is there any way to keep Houston off the offensive glass? Why is UCLA clicking so effectively right now? Is there any way to slow down Gonzaga?

We went to several coaches who have faced this year’s Final Four teams in an attempt to answer those questions and get some insight into what else makes these four teams tick.

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