SC beats Stanford to advance to national title game
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 5:21
On April 1, it's Gonzaga Vs.
South Carolina, in fact, was still within 75-72 and had two chances to possession with a chance to tie it up inside the final two minutes. North Carolina and we are pumped! As such, this game is going to overtime.
This season, the Zags have had to beat half-court, deliberate teams, and full-court pressure teams.
Mississippi State's 66-64 upset that snapped the Huskies' record 111-game winning streak Friday night means a third meeting this season with SC, this time on Sunday for the title. Gonzaga is a 6.5-point favorite over upstart SC in the first game. The team has lived up to every expectation so far, but these two games will be the true test. University of OR makes its first trip to the Final Four in 78 years and Coach Dana Altman discusses what it takes for the Ducks to clench the team's first NCAA Championship since 1939. But, we do need to point out that you won't see any freshman in tonight's lineup, aka the NBA's draft prospects, like Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz. He is Washington's leading scorer and an effective player on the court.
SC still wasn't done.
Gonzaga played in the Houston Texans' NRG Stadium in 2015 with mixed results. He's a versatile player when it comes to offense and defense. SC has been a defensive machine, forcing an average of 17 turnovers per NCAA Tournament game.
Player to watch: G Sindarius Thornwell, Sr.
Carolina is a five-point favorite over the triple-headed threat of Dillon Brooks, Tyler Dorsey and rebound-machine Jordan Bell in another game pitting teams with similar strengths: Both Carolina and OR are good near the boards, with the Heels excelling at offensive rebounding and the Ducks at blocking shots. He's exactly what Gonzaga needs because he's consistent.
Their star guard was outstanding. With an incredible duo like Dozier and Thornwell, SC could be unstoppable. If Tyler Dorsey remains hot from outside, the Ducks could win outright.
Thanks to a ridiculous 29-game winning streak during the regular season, the bar has been set at the highest level for the Bulldogs. "The 6'4" sophomore guard is a shooting machine, and as long as he's on point tonight, OR has a pretty damn good chance at advancing to the championship. He played at Rice and Villanova before landing with the Ducks. "The depth perception is going to throw you off".
What's the March Madness without a good Cinderella Story? What injury? Although his shooting average has taken a hit, Berry's not lacking in other places. And, don't forget about Kennedy Meeks, 22, aka, the rebounding king, and Justin Jackson, 22, who leads the Tar Heels in scoring.