Mostly because of Scott Drew and Mark Few.
Great coaches who were given the time to get to where they thought they could go.
Guys who got better on the job and got better jobs as result, without having to leave to get it.
The coaches invested in the program, and vice versa.
Drew just finished his 18th season with the Bears.
Few just finished his 22nd with the Zags.
Kelvin Sampson, also in the Final Four, was in season 7 with Houston.
That made UCLA's Mick Cronin the only relatively new hire in the Final Four this season.
I think so much of succeeding at the college level is having the right combination of the right coach and the right amount of patience in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world.
This Final Four should be a lesson to fans of Illinois, SLU and Mizzou, all three.
They have good coaches who are moving things in the right direction.
They should thing long-term with Underwood, Ford and Martin, not short term. Especially considering the positive strides that have been made.