Great Final Four matchups for the sports fan

Reaching the Final Four is a tough assignment.

Bell's effort on the glass will be extremely important against the Tar Heels, who grabbed 13 offensive rebounds in their win against Kentucky.

North Carolina led by as much as 9 a couple times before both teams went into shooting slumps.

"It's awesome what he's been able to do throughout his career, just sustained excellence", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

I guess he wanted to make sure he doesn't fall behind, especially if he might be missing next Monday's class to play in the title game.

It's not that Kentucky fans are spoiled because they have a great basketball team every year. "At the end of the day when it all shakes out, he'll be one of the Mount Rushmore types in college coaching".

His buzzer-beating jumper was the shot that sent the Tar Heels to the Final Four, the moment a former walk-on came full circle.

On the other side of the bracket, the Gonzaga Bulldogs will play the underdog South Carolina Gamecocks, the lowest seed - No. 7 in the East - to survive this far.

Dana Altman, 58, is in his first Final Four with OR, which hasn't been there since winning the first national championship in 1939.

The Ducklings upset seventh-seeded Temple, No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Maryland to get to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. The South Carolina squad is in the midst of a Cinderella run that has fans - and undoubtedly Under Armour founder, CEO and chairman Kevin Plank, too - on the edge of their seats. That's why it's no surprise the betting odds favor the Tar Heels in Saturday's matchup, even though the Ducks have looked like a national championship caliber team in March Madness 2017. William's layup with 22 seconds remaining tied the game at 75 and forced overtime. It's going to fall a little short this time.

Despite the loss, the Tar Heels received a No. 1 seed in the Southern Region of the NCAA Tournament.

"I've been there 28 years".

They must mesh quickly with another highly touted recruiting class that at first glance could be the closest thing to rebuilding Calipari has faced since arriving at Kentucky in 2009. After impressive play from Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey, and Jordan Bell all season long, they rolled through the first few rounds of the tournament effortlessly.

Williams said that theory only works if he had the same roster year to year.

SCOUTING REPORT: "I've said all along that I've thought North Carolina was the best team because they've got experience, they've got the inside stuff".

  • Leroy Wright