Gonzaga to face North Carolina in college final

Maybe it was the lingering effects of flu-like symptoms or maybe it was dealing with all those long-armed defenders Gonzaga kept throwing at him. This is the last two games of the season.

UNC Tar Heels (31-7, 14-4 ACC) -The Tar Heels, who are making their 48th NCAA Tournament appearance, beat Texas Southern, Arkansas, Butler and most recently Kentucky to make its 20th trip to the Final Four.

It wasn't much of a surprise for North Carolina and Gonzaga to make it out of their respective regions, but hardly anyone could believe that 7-seed SC was able to beat Duke, Baylor and Florida to book its flight to Phoenix, Arizona for the Final Four. A 3-pointer from Dozier gave SC a 10-8 lead five minutes in, but Gonzaga responded with a 12-4 run over the next three minutes to take a two-possession lead with 12 minutes to go. "Josh Perkins did a job being really patient and not fouling on the shot".

"As soon as that buzzer hit I knew what was at stake, I knew what we now have the opportunity to do and I couldn't be more excited", he said. They didn't get that far either time, because Theo Pinson and Meeks, respectively, beat them to the ball.

The Tar Heels are the champions of the South Regional. UO is one of three teams to have won at least 30 games in the past two seasons, alongside Kansas and Villanova...

The men fell short with nothing to be ashamed about.

However, the lack of scoring from Sindarius Thornwell was hard for SC to overcome.

In the first half, the Bulldogs pulled ahead of the Gamecocks late. P.J. Dozier had 17 points for the Gamecocks.

"A dream was to get here", Jackson said. "When you impact people by the masses the way these kinds have, that means you are a victor as a human being, and that's what matters", he said. The men battled back from a double-digit deficit in the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium, but could not hold off the No. 1 seeded Bulldogs. Thornwell was back with the team the next day.

"They just crowd the paint", Thornwell said. "I was fine. I was fine the whole game". Also in double-figures for the Bulldogs are Jordan Mathews (10.7 PPG) and Johnathan Williams (10.3 PPG; 6.6 RPG). Coach always says we can't just talk the talk, we had to walk the walk. "I miss them a lot". And just protecting the rim real well.

"I let my team down", Brooks said.

"We had J3 (Williams) guarding him for a while".

"There was no way I was going to come out of the game". Sometimes we stayed on his - trailed his screens.

Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. "We just got to play the game and execute". The Ducks earned come from behind wins against Rhode Island and MI as a result of superlative play from sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey.

"It's been great", Thornwell said. I gotta thank my brothers for putting a bunch of hard work in all season long.

Martin's program has gotten better every season since he arrived in 2012.

"There's something powerful when you impact others".

"It was a pretty special week", he said. This game, he more than deserves the headlines.

  • Julie Sanders