But one-and-done factories Duke and Kentucky were eliminated in the Elite Eight on Sunday, while other blue bloods like North Carolina and Kansas are also out. The 6-foot-7 Williamson captured the nation’s imagination as perhaps the most unique college player in a generation. He drew comparisons to LeBron James, Charles Barkley and even Bo Jackson. His absence figures to impact the TV ratings for the games on Saturday and Monday. “With the most ballyhooed college baller in years gone, along with the team everyone loves to hate, final four viewership could drop a couple ratings points,” said Bob Dorfman of Baker Street Advertising. “We’re now left with only one top seed and no marquee players—little to attract casual viewers. But maybe with everyone’s bracket busted, the randomness of these last 3 games could keep up fans’ curiosity and maintain the ratings momentum.” Sean McManus, President of CBS Sports, said it would have been nice to have Zion in the Final Four, but he’s confident the event will draw viewers. “Zion was one of, if not the biggest story, of the college basketball year,” he said. “It would be great to have him in Minneapolis. Having said that, I think the momentum that we have going with this tournament will carry right through the Final Four games on Saturday and the championship game, so at this point in my life I’ve worried about things that I can’t control.
Zion Williamson can ✈️Here are his Top 5 Dunks from his freshman season. @DukeMBB @ZionW32 pic.twitter.com/qnXewphlaz — ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) April 2, 2019