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Final Four teams' future outlooks

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While cutting down the nets in Houston is by far the top priority for the Final Four teams, their coaches will always have next year and beyond in the back of their minds.

Successful programs depend on the ability to consistently land top recruits – players who are talented and able to develop, but also young men who will fit a school's program, gel with an existing roster and excel within its style of play.

SEE ALSO: Final Four teams ranked by historical significance

So which of the Final Four teams are best positioned for prolonged success? Who will still be contending for a national championship five years from now? Here's a look at what's to come:

North Carolina
Roy Williams defines prolonged success in college basketball as much as anyone. While there were whispers earlier this season that Williams, 65, was on the verge of retirement, he strongly denied those claims.

The Tar Heels say farewell to a pair of seniors, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, both of whom have had extraordinarily successful college careers and will play at the next level. Teams like North Carolina simply reload, however, and on the way in 2016 are a pair of highly regarded recruits in big man Tony Bradley and shooting guard Brandon Robinson.

With six teams in this year's Sweet Sixteen, the ACC showed it was the best conference in the land. Assuming that the NCAA doesn't hammer the men's basketball program when (if?) it levies punishment for the university's academic scandal, expect North Carolina to be among the best of the best for years to come.

Oklahoma
The Sooners went 15-16 in Lon Kruger's first season five years ago, but they've improved in each of the subsequent seasons and are now back in the Final Four for the first time since 2002. Kruger, 63, has solidified Oklahoma as a perennial contending team in the Big 12 conference.

Buddy Hield, a senior guard and national player of the year candidate, is irreplaceable, but Kruger has an impressive recruiting class on the way - led by Kameron McGusty, who could ease the pain of Hield's departure.

The biggest question about Oklahoma's future could be how long Kruger stays. His coaching history – four seasons Texas–Pan American, four at Kansas State, six at Florida, four at Illinois, seven at UNLV and now in his fifth at Oklahoma – suggests a pattern. If this is Kruger's last coaching job and he's in it for several more years, that's good news for the Sooners.

Syracuse
Despite being 71 years of age and in his 40th season as head coach of the Orange, Jim Boeheim has no plans to retire following the season. He reiterated that this week, saying as long as he's winning, he wants to continue coaching. Given that's all he's ever done at Syracuse, more of than can be expected.

This season was a challenging one for the Orange, who endured a rocky start while Boeheim served a suspension for violating NCAA rules. But look at them now, back in the Final Four for the sixth time since 1976.

Seniors Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney will depart but Malachi Richardson is just a freshman. On the way is a sharpshooting blue chipper in Tyus Battle. This year's regular season was a bit of an aberration – Syracuse remains an elite program and will be as long as Boeheim is around.

Villanova
One of Jay Wright's trademarks at Villanova has been consistency. He's won over 70 percent of his games and his teams have now advanced to the NCAA tournament in 11 of 12 years. The Wildcats are finishing up Year Three of a remarkable run – they're a combined 95-13 heading into the weekend in that span.

Wright, 54, will lose at least a pair of seniors in Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu. Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart are juniors. But on the way next season is some serious size – at 6-9, 275 lbs, Omari Spellman is expected to be a force. At the end of the day, there is no reason to believe Villanova won't continue to win at a high level for several years to come.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 02: Brice Johnson #11 of the North Carolina Tar Heels defends a shot by Tyler Roberson #21 of the Syracuse Orange in the first half during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at NRG Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Chris Steppig - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 02: Buddy Hield #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the second half against the Villanova Wildcats during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at NRG Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 02: Brice Johnson #11 of the North Carolina Tar Heels and Marcus Paige #5 celebrate defeating the Syracuse Orange 83-66 as Tyler Roberson #21 of the Syracuse Orange reacts after the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at NRG Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 27: Malachi Richardson #23 of the Syracuse Orange falls off of the court in the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional Final at United Center on March 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 26: The Villanova Wildcats celebrate defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 64-59 during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at KFC YUM! Center on March 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 26: Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks falls as he drives between Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats and Kris Jenkins #2 in the second half during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at KFC YUM! Center on March 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 25: Marcus Paige #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after a basket in the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Wells Fargo Center on March 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils goes up for a shot against Jordan Bell #1 of the Oregon Ducks in the second half in the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at the Honda Center on March 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 17: Ben Bentil #0 of the Providence Friars dunks the ball in the first half over Elijah Stewart #30 of the USC Trojans during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 17, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 17: Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels rebounds against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles during the first round of the NCAA Men's Basbetball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 17, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 17: Zach Johnson #5 of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles dives to shoot the ball in the first half against Isaiah Hicks #4 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 17, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Roger Woods #0 of the Arkansas Little Rock Trojans and P.J. Thompson #3 of the Purdue Boilermakers fight for a ball during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Pepsi Center on March 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17: Taurean Prince #21 of the Baylor Bears dunks the ball in the first half against the Yale Bulldogs during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 20: DeAndre Bembry #43 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks goes up with a reverse dunk against hte Oregon Ducks in the first half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 20, 2016 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Adam Woodbury #34 of the Iowa Hawkeyes goes up against Phil Booth #5 of the Villanova Wildcats in the second half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 20, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 18: Rasheed Sulaimon #0 of the Maryland Terrapins puts up a shot against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 18, 2016 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - MARCH 17: Derek Willis #35 and Skal Labissiere #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reject a shot by Rayshaun McGrew #11 of the Stony Brook Seawolves in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 17, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MARCH 18: Isaiah Taylor #1 of the Texas Longhorns reacts after Paul Jesperson #4 of the Northern Iowa Panthers hit a half court three pointer to win the game with a score of 75 to 72 during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 18, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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