The most interesting thing about the Final Four is that it doesn't mean college basketball's top four teams, and it rarely features them. And that's the best and worst thing about the NCAA Tournament. It's a 68-school, single-elimination event comprised of 40-minute games with a short 3-point line. So it lends itself to upsets, which is fun and memorable. But it's hardly a great (or even a good) way to crown a national champion if the goal is to actually give the best team the best chance to win a national championship.

The College Football Playoff is different.

In that sport, schools play an entire season, then a panel of voters select what they believe are the best four teams, and that's what amounts to college football's Final Four. So, in theory, college football's final four is the nation's best four teams. But in college basketball the best team could be gone in the Round of 32. And an average team could shoot its way into the national title game. Which is why the top four seeds have only once all made the Final Four in the same season.

So which teams will play in the 2017 Final Four? Obviously, nobody has a great idea. That's the point of what I wrote above. But some educated guesses are below.

Gary Parrish's Final Four

National Champion: Duke Blue Devils

I've forever been a sucker for talent, and so here I am again, picking the nation's most talented team to win the national title. Duke could start five future pros and likely will bring a projected lottery pick off of its bench. That's strong. And the Blue Devils also have the winningest Division I men's basketball coach in history, Mike Krzyzewski, to guide them, which is an advantage they have over everyone else. Thus, put me down for the Blue Devils -- as long as they eventually get healthy.

Matt Norlander's Final Four

National Champion: Kansas Jayhawks

Well, I'm the lone wolf here. I don't pick Duke because the Blue Devils already have injury headaches and they lack a true point guard. I'm taking Kansas because its backcourt -- Devonte' Graham, Frank Mason III and Svi Mykhailiuk -- will be the best in college basketball this season. Carlton Bragg, Jr. will be a top-10 breakout player. Josh Jackson: maybe the No. 1 pick in the 2017 Draft. Udoka Azubuike is another freshman, a fast-learning beast of a big who's getting no pub but will probably carry his portion of the load well this season. Having Landen Lucas there to help him along will be big. I believe this is a top-three KU team under Bill Self in terms of talent and the collective unit. Self only has one national title. He's too good not to get another eventually. This will be the year.

Chip Patterson's Final Four

National Champion: Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils will win a lot of games exclusively because of the talent advantage. Even with a few players banged up -- get ready for another season of Duke's injury report dominating the headlines -- Mike Krzyzewski will be able to fill all five spots on the floor with a player the opposing coach would instantly slide into his own starting lineup. But come tournament time, I think Duke will ultimately succeed because of the Final Four experience provided by Matt Jones, Amile Jefferson and, yes, Grayson Allen. The underclassmen might be months away from being lottery picks, but they've never closed out high-pressure basketball games like the members of that 2015 title team. Duke's not a great bet to run through its schedule without suffering a handful of losses, but it's the best bet to deliver its best basketball when it counts in the tournament.

Jerry Palm's Final Four

National Champion: Duke Blue Devils

I'm picking Duke for much the same reason I pick Alabama almost every year in football...they have the best talent and the best coach. Of course, the road to a championship is longer in basketball. You have to get through six games in hoops, but only two in football. The Final Four in football is the four best teams (in the eyes of a committee). In basketball, it's whoever survives four or five tough games. Still, it's hard to argue against the best talent and the best coach. That's not always Duke, but it is this year.